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Palo Alto may put off ban on living in cars Ordinance should be postponed for a year or more, city manager says by Sue Dremann alo Alto’s vehicle-habitation from living in their cars, and it ban should be put on hold became effective Sept. 19. Enfor at least a year, according forcement was delayed until Feb. to Palo Alto City Manager James 10, 2014, to provide vehicle dwellKeene, who stated a related case ers with a period of outreach and in the U.S. Court of Appeals may education. affect the ordinance. The ban should be postponed The council in August passed for two reasons, Keene wrote in the ordinance prohibiting people a memo to the council.


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard the case of Cheyenne Desertrain versus the City of Los Angeles, and the justices’ decision might further clarify legal requirements governing vehicle-habitation bans. Some members of the public also have questions regarding the scope of Palo Alto’s ordinance, and an additional outreach period would be beneficial, he said. The delay won’t cost the city any

extra money. Several residents wrote to the city in support of postponing the ban. “I’ve never heard of a vehicle dweller dying of exposure/hypothermia. Given that four homeless people died of exposure last week in Santa Clara County, the City of Palo Alto now has been provided the real world consequences and warning of taking away vehicle dwellers’ vehicles,” homeless ad-

vocate Tony Ciampi wrote. The council will hear the recommendation at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. Carrie Leroy, an attorney for a coalition working to overturn Palo Alto’s ban, said the moratorium would be a good step. “We’re very gratified to see the city taking this direction, and we’re ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®


Merrill Newman released, returns home Palo Alto grandfather speaks out about his coerced ‘confession’ in North Korea by Sue Dremann



Merrill Newman, left, with his wife, Lee, at his side, addresses reporters at San Francisco International Airport on Dec. 7, after being detained by North Korea for more than a month.


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n the fast-moving world of online learning, the FoothillDeAnza Community College District has been tapped to help pave the way for an “education ecosystem” that aims to integrate all 112 of California’s community colleges. The initiative is part of Gov. Jerry Brown’s push to expand online education as a way to boost access, degree completion and transfer to four-year universities for hundreds of thousands of

by Chris Kenrick students, including many turned away from community colleges during recession-era budget cuts. Under the envisioned system, a student will be able to accrue credit through online courses at any number of different colleges. Regardless of the source of a class, the student’s record will be kept in a single file, avoiding the need to petition for transfer credit. A statewide portal for the classes will be operational by June 2015, with participation by

individual community colleges specified as voluntary, according to a district statement. Many students already take online classes from multiple community colleges, but this will “move the bureaucracy to the back room,” said Joe Moreau, Foothill-DeAnza’s vice-chancellor for technology. If a Foothill student is augmenting with a few online courses from College of San Mateo, “in ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£x®

he maelstrom around Palo Alto resident Merrill Newman’s arrest in North Korea has finally quieted. Newman, 85, was released by North Korea late last week and returned to the U.S. on Saturday, Dec. 7, after six weeks of detention. But after he rests up, he could be asked to have further briefings with U.S. officials, a State Department spokeswoman hinted this week. Newman briefly greeted reporters who met him at San Francisco International Airport but said little about his ordeal. On Monday, Dec. 9, he broke his silence by releasing a two-page statement to the media. He said he had been coerced into making a videotaped “confession” to supposed “war crimes” committed while an infantryman during the Korean War. The words “were not mine and were not delivered voluntarily. Anyone who knows me knows that I could not have done the things they had me ‘confess’ to,” he said in a written statement. Though Newman met with U.S. Embassy officials in Beijing after his release, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Monday alluded to interviews with government officials that Newman may have already or might in the future participate in. “We often do briefings when a U.S. citizen returns home,” Psaki said. “But of course, he just returned home, and is with his family, and it’s the holidays, so I don’t have any prediction or update of future briefings.” Newman was kept in a hotel

during his captivity and fed well, he stated. But he was constantly under guard. His interrogator made it clear that if he did not cooperate he could be sentenced for espionage for 15 years, he said. To demonstrate that he was under some duress, he read the confession in a way that emphasized the bad grammar and strange language that the North Koreans had crafted for him to say. “Under these circumstances, I read the document with the language they insisted on because it seemed to be the only way I might get home,” he said. He said he didn’t understand that, for the North Korean regime, the Korean War isn’t over and that innocent remarks about the war can cause big problems for foreigners. “It is now clear to me the North Koreans still feel much more anger about the war than I realized. With the benefit of hindsight I should have been more sensitive to that,” he said. “I’m a Korean War veteran, and I’m proud of my military service, when I helped train Korean partisans. The North Koreans still harbor resentment about those partisans from the Mt. Kuwol area and what other anti-Communist guerrillas did in North Korea before and during the war. “The shooting stopped 60 years ago, and the North Koreans have allowed other American veterans of the war to visit. Moreover, I did not hide my own military service from the tour company that organized my trip. Therefore, I did ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£Ó®

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We’re going to lose our customers. — Susan Nightingale, owner of Watercourse Way, regarding a city parking program that she fears would prevent customers from finding parking in front of her business. See story on page 7.

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BOCCE BALL, ANYONE? ... The age-old Italian lawn-bowls game of bocce could soon be coming to Scott Park. The City of Palo Alto’s Parks and Recreation Commission discussed improvement plans for the small park on Channing Avenue on Dec. 10, and they heartily agreed they like some new ideas — including bocce. A city capital-improvement project will provide $100,000 for renovations, including replacing picnic tables, repairing cracks in the concrete basketball court, replacing broken playground equipment and playground resurfacing. A group of people at an Aug. 28, 2012, public meeting brought up the bocce court idea, and so many people contacted Councilman Pat Burt about it that he asked Community Services staff to look into the possibility. A community survey found that 85.4 percent of respondents in support of bocce. The proposed plan would add a 60-foot-long, 11-foot-wide bocce court with pressure-treated lumber edging between the the turf area at the park’s south end and the basketball court. A screen hedge would border the area. FROM RUSSIA WITH DISTASTE ... During a discussion of the appeal of a Modernist building at 240 Hamilton Ave., which appellant Doug Smith said wasn’t compatible with the historic character of its surroundings, a horde of residents showed up to speak on the item and each got a scant one minute, leaving ample time for council members to pontificate about their tastes in architecture. The conversation turned (for better or worse) to the overall merits of Modernist developments and their place in the city. Councilman Larry Klein contrasted positively the smooth, almost all-glass Apple store on University Avenue, to the character of historic Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, which draws tourists in part for its pristinely preserved traditional architecture. “That’s a museum,� he said. “It’s not Palo Alto.� While his comments were generally complimentary of Williamsburg, he was less flattering about an East Coast

academic institution of some note. “The University of Maryland architecture was so boring it almost made the Soviets look good,� he said. City Manager James Keene, who got his bachelors and masters degrees from the school and has taught classes there, was sitting only feet in front of him. Keene, whose pride appeared unbruised, turned around and asked the public if there were any other graduates of the school before saying that he agreed with Klein. “Yes!� one attendee yelped from the back of the room.

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS ... the police gave to thee, a DUI crackdown. Friday, Dec. 13, Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns again takes to the patrol car alongside a trusty tweeting sidekick to hunt for over-served holiday revelers from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The live event will kick off the “Avoid the 13� DUI crackdown, which includes 12 other police agencies in Santa Clara County and runs through Jan. 1. Chief Burns’ last venture didn’t nab any drunken drivers, but the department’s twitterer sent out dozens of tweets about the goings-on of the not-soseedy underbelly of Palo Alto’s nightlife. The department plans to send out between 100 and 200 tweets during the sixhour period, some likely to be interesting. This is the seventh virtual ride along the department has hosted. A NEW NAME FOR PALO ALTO ... A discussion about a tree plan at the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course on Tuesday night got Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Ed Lauing thinking about branding. Discussing whether to add more trees or develop a marshland restoration plan to compensate for removing 543 trees when the golf course is reconfigured, Lauing considered full replacement of the trees rather than a hybrid plan that would replace hundreds of trees and improve wetlands-wildlife habitat. “This is Palo Alto. The phrase could be Trees’R’Us,� he said, describing the mindset of residents. N


Peninsula Youth Theatre teaches confidence and compassion


or more than two decades, the work of a local nonprofit has enabled children to have fun and be creative, all while learning valuable life skills such as self-confidence and empathy. The Peninsula Youth Theatre, based in Mountain View, provides drama programs to children that range from complete productions to classes and summer camps. The organization received a Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund grant of $5,000 to fund “Play in the Box” drama classes for East Palo Alto children. The classes are free for third- through fifth-graders attending the East Palo Alto Boys & Girls Club. “Theater helps build confidence and public-speaking skills,” said Meg Fischer, who oversees the Play in the Box program. “We don’t expect all the kids in our classes to grow up wanting to be actors, but all of them will need to talk to groups of people at some point. All of them will need to express their thoughts, to think clearly.” Peninsula Youth Theatre started the Play in the Box program five years ago to facilitate drama education for children, Executive Director Karen Simpson said. The program consists of onsite afterschool classes during which a group of children work

by Kimberlee D’Ardenne together to put on a short play for parents and friends at the school, Simpson added. Other programs put on by the organization are time-intensive for the entire family, Simpson said — but not this one. In a production, children have responsibilities and parents have a 25-hour per play volunteer requirement. The Play in the Box program earned its name because it relies on a literal box, which contains key props, a costume list, scripts and premade backdrops, Simpson said. “The difference between a drama program and conducting a visual-arts program in school is that you can easily carry art supplies,” Simpson said. “But putting on a play requires designing sets, lights, costumes and props. With Play in a Box ... we bring in backdrops and provide the director. In 10 weeks, children will work on costumes and props, and at the end, will perform a short play.” The organization works with children throughout the Peninsula at its headquarters in Mountain View and also at outreach sites as far south as Saratoga and north as

Redwood City, Simpson said. To include East Palo Alto children, Fischer said, Peninsula Youth Theatre customized their Play in the Box program to meet their specific needs. Classes take place at the East Palo Alto Boys & Girls Club, not on a school campus. Instead of a 10-week session culminating in a production like other Play in the Box sites, East Palo Alto students participate in four-week sessions dedicated to different topics, Fischer said. “We are doing weekly classes,” she said, “and every four weeks, we change the subject matter. The idea is to give (the students) a survey of different topics within theater. For example, we will do four weeks of improvisation and quick thinking, and then we’ll switch to puppetry or mask making. The goal is to utilize as many of the different intelligences as possible and hopefully find something that each student is excited about.” With guidance from Fischer, Melinda Marks started teaching East Palo Alto Play in a Box classes in September. Though the drop-off model of the Boys and Girls Club creates specific teaching challenges — Marks said she does not know ahead of time how many or which children will attend her class — the program


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Play in the Box actors Katherine Leon, 9, left, Liliana Serrato, 8, Eli Sanchez, 8, and Austin Harris, 8, act out an improvisational scene in which Liliana “died” after eating a bad egg. The play took place at the Boys and Girls Club in East Palo Alto. started off well, she said. Marks also said she enjoys the opportunity to develop a curriculum based on community needs. Donna Finlay’s daughter has participated in the Play in the Box program three years at another outreach site of the Peninsula Youth Theatre. Finlay attends Castro Elementary School in Mountain View, which has hosted Play in the Box classes for five years. “She looks forward to it more than her other extracurricular activities,” Finlay said. “She is very excited for theater day.” Children participating in drama also learn the value of working with others, Fischer said. “(One) thing the kids learn from a program like Play in the Box is responsibility,” Fischer said. “When we’re working on a performance ... if you don’t memorize your lines, everyone else is affected. We all rely on each other. Theater is not just about one person.” Though responsibility to others

is not explicitly taught in Play in the Box drama classes, the young participants are aware of the importance of cooperation. “I enjoy how all the kids get to act; everyone gets a part,” said Finlay’s daughter, a fifth-grader at Castro. “We get to work together to make a play.” Executive Director Simpson added that drama also enables children to consider what other people might be feeling or thinking. “Kids who engage in the arts become better students. They are more interested and gain empathy,” Simpson said. “Particularly in the dramatic arts, empathy is a big (skill learned), when you start looking at things from another’s point of view, when you become another character.” N Editorial Intern Kimberlee D’Ardenne can be emailed at Read more about the Holiday Fund, including how to donate, on page 8 of this edition.


City considers how to reserve more street parking for residents Business, property owners warn of bad consequences if permit parking is implemented by Jocelyn Dong


rying to ease the angst of Palo Alto residents who’ve found their streets inundated with parked cars, while also trying to meet the needs of businesses whose employees want spots to park in all day, the City Council Monday night will consider a residential permit-parking program. “In the past few years, community concern about parking supply and traffic congestion in Palo Alto’s downtown and neighborhoods has reached critical levels,” a city manager’s report on the proposal states. Though the city been looking for some time at ways to limit parking in neighborhoods to the residents themselves, it’s been two years since a pilot program for the downtown area known as Professorville was proposed by staff and one year since it was scrapped by the council. Council members feared that the pilot would simply push the parked-car problem into adjacent neighborhoods, like a municipal game of Whac-A-Mole.

The council Monday night is being asked by city staff for direction on a program concept that would involve issuing permits to park on neighborhood streets. Most permits would go to residents, although some people, such as employees of businesses, could also obtain them. The city would charge for the permits, making the program cost-neutral, the report states. Though downtown residents, who say can’t find parking spots near their homes, have been the driving force for instituting a program, city staff acknowledge the program has to take into account multiple stakeholders. “In some neighborhoods of the city, existing businesses and employees currently rely on street parking to supplement available parking lots and garages, and the process for establishing RPP districts must address this issue,” the report states. Though the proposal has yet to be fleshed out, it has already stirred considerable concern among busi-

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ness and property owners. One group, led by property owner Simon Cintz, has posted a website,, criticizing the city’s plan and offering its own alternative. “It’s going to create a lot of problems,” Cintz told the Weekly. The program doesn’t address where his employees, after they’re prohibited from leaving their cars along neighborhood streets, will park. If they have to drive blocks away, the situation could create danger when they walk back to their cars late at night. And their new parking patterns will cause problems for outlying neighborhoods, which would suddenly become a hot spot for commuters. Then there’s the cost. If workers

must have permits to park nearby, either businesses will foot the bill or they will pass the cost along to their employees. Susan Nightingale, owner of Watercourse Way on Channing Avenue, said that another consequence of the program would harm her business. “Employees will park in front of our business,” she said. With higher competition for fewer downtown parking spaces, her clients won’t be able to find a place to park. “We’re going to lose our customers,” Nightingale said. Cintz’s group has proposed another plan: Painting the curbs in neighborhoods to indicate where parking spaces are, thus preventing overcrowded streets; and marking some slots for residents only. There would be no permits. The city is asking the council for direction on several aspects of the proposed program: the criteria under which a Palo Alto neighborhood could apply to have a residential permit-parking pro-

gram; a process for establishing the program, including data that substantiates a problem; and a list of issues that need to be resolved as the program rolls out, such as the cost of permits, who will be eligible for them, and how compliance will be enforced. The program, while requested by downtown neighborhoods, is meant to be available to any neighborhood in Palo Alto, according to the city. The report acknowledges that each area might have different reasons for parking shortages, but the program is intended as an overarching plan that can be tailored to specific areas. The residential parking-permit program is being proposed at a time when the city is also undertaking a major examination of its supply of parking downtown and strategies to get people out of their cars and either walking, biking or taking public transit. Monday’s council meeting is scheduled to start at approximately 6:40 p.m. in City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto. N

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Support our Kids with a gift to the Holiday Fund. Last Year’s Grant Recipients 10 Books A Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Abilities United . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Ada’s Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,000 Adolescent Counseling Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Art in Action . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Breast Cancer Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 California Family Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 CASSY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Cleo Eulau Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Collective Roots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Community School of Music & Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Community Working Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Creative Montessori Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Downtown Streets Team . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 DreamCatchers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000 East Palo Alto Kids Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Environmental Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Family Connections. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Family Engagement Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000 Foothill College Book Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,000 Foundation for a College Education. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Friends of Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Hidden Villa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 InnVision Shelter Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 JLS Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Jordan Middle School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Kara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$15,000 Magical Bridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$25,000 Mayview Community Health Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Music in the Schools Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 New Creation Home Ministries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 New Voices for Youth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500 Nuestra Casa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 One East Palo Alto (OEPA). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Art Center Foundation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Community Child Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Palo Alto Housing Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Palo Alto Humane Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,500 Peninsula Bridge Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 Peninsula College Fund . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Peninsula Youth Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Project WeH.O.P.E. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Quest Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Racing Hearts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500 Raising A Reader. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Ravenswood Education Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Silicon Valley FACES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 South Palo Alto Food Closet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000 St. Elizabeth Seton School. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$7,500 St. Francis of Assisi Youth Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 St. Vincent de Paul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$6,000 TheatreWorks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 YMCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000 Youth Community Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$10,000 Youth United for Community Action (YUCA) . . . . . . . . . . .$5,000


ach year the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund raises money to support programs serving families and children in the Palo Alto area. Since

the Weekly and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation cover all the administrative costs, every dollar raised goes directly to support community programs through grants to non-profit organizations ranging up to $25,000. And with the generous support of matching grants from local foundations, including the Packard, Hewlett, Arrillaga & Peery foundations, your tax-deductible gift will

Give to the Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund and your donation is doubled. You give to non-profit groups that work right here in our community. It’s a great way to ensure that your charitable donations are working at home.

be doubled in size. A donation of $100 turns into $200 with the foundation matching gifts. Whether as an individual, a business or in honor of someone else, help us reach our goal of $350,000 by making a generous contribution to the Holiday Fund. With your generosity, we can give a major boost to the programs in our community helping kids and families.


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Please make checks payable to: Silicon Valley Community Foundation Send coupon and check, if applicable, to: Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund c/o Silicon Valley Community Foundation 2440 West El Camino Real, Suite 300 Mountain View, CA 94040 The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund is a donor advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. A contribution to this fund allows your donation to be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Through Dec. 6, 238 donors have contributed $175,675 to the Holiday Fund 13 Anonymous ..................... 3,195

NEWLY Received Donations Virginia E. Fehrenbacher .......... 100 Zelda Jury................................... * Edward Kanazawa ....................... * Donald and Bonnie Miller ............. * Michael and Lennie Roberts..... 150 Roger Smith ............................ 200 Nanette Stringer ...................... 250 Ralph and Jackie Wheeler ........ 225 Bonnie Berg ............................ 300 Lucy Berman ........................ 2,000 Micki and Bob Cardelli ................. * Ted and Ginny Chu ...................... * Robyn Crumly ............................ 50 Hoda Epstein .............................. * John & Florine Galen ................... * Margot Goodman ....................... * Stuart & Carol Hansen ................ * Myron and Linda Hollister ........ 100 Jon & Julie Jerome ...................... * Kevin Mayer & Barbara Zimmer .... * Joan B. Norton ............................ * Helene Pier ................................. * Dick and Ruth Rosenbaum ........... * Mike & Ellen Turbow ................ 250 Larry Baer & Stephanie Klein ....... * Fred Kohler ................................ * Amy Renalds ............................... * Suzanne Bell........................... 100 Sally Dudley ............................ 200 David and Nancy Kalkbrenner ....... * Gretchen Hoover ....................... 25 Karen Sundback...................... 500 Marilyn, Dale, Rick & Mei Simbeck ....................... * Shirley Ely ............................... 500 Patrick Radtke ..................... 2,000 Ralph Britton........................... 250 Charlotte Epstein .................... 100 John Wang ................................ 50 Cynthia Costell .......................... 50 Hal and Carol Louchheim ............. * Lee Sendelbeck ...................... 100

In Memory Of Jack Sutorius .......................... 300 Robert Spinrad........................ 500 Bill Lard ...................................... * Helen Rubin ............................ 150 Mr. & Mrs. Max Blanker ........... 150 Dr. & Mrs. Irvin B. Rubin .......... 150 John F. Smith .......................... 150

In Honor Of Terri Lobdell ............................ 250 Edna Farmer ........................... 100 Marilyn Sutorius ...................... 300 Paul Resnick ........................... 250

Foundations, Businesses & Organizations Carl King Mayfield Mortgage..... 250

PREVIOUSLY Published Donors Faith Braff .............................. 500 Anthony and Judith Brown .......... 50 Luca and Mary Cafiero ................. * Mike and Cathie Foster ............ 500 Jean M. Colby ......................... 200 David & Lynn Mitchell .............. 300 Tom & Patricia Sanders ........... 100 Dorothy Saxe .............................. * John Tang ................................... * Jerry & Bobbie Wagger................. * Annette Glanckopf & Tom Ashton ..................... 100 Theodore and Cathy Dolton ...... 350 Eugene & Mabel Dong ............ 200 Herbert Fischgrund ................. 125 Dena Goldberg ........................ 100

Dr. & Mrs. Richard Greene ....... 250 Phil Hanawalt & Graciela Spivak ................ 500 Harry & Susan Hartzell ............ 100 Walt and Kay Hays .................. 100 Christina Kenrick .................. 1,000 Cathy and Howard Kroymann.... 250 Eve & John Melton .................. 500 Jim and Becky Morgan .......... 5,000 Don & Ann Rothblatt .................... * Dan and Lynne Russell ............ 250 Martha Shirk........................... 500 Lawrence Yang & Jennifer Kuan ............... 1,000 Patti Yanklowitz & Mark Krasnow ................... 100 Denise Savoie & Darrell Duffie .... * Dr. Jody Maxmin ......................... * Van Whitis .............................. 250 Don & Jacquie Rush ................ 300 Michele and John McNellis.. 10,000 J.D. & Renee Masterson .......... 250 Martha Cohn........................... 300 Laura & Bob Cory ........................ * Glenn & Lorna Affleck .............. 100 Jone Manoogian ........................ 50 Felicia Levy ............................. 250 Gwen Luce .................................. * Janis Ulevich ........................... 100 Solon Finkelstein..................... 250 Eric and Elaine Hahn ................... * Teresa Roberts .................... 2,000 Craig & Sally Nordlund ............. 500 Meri Gruber and James Taylor ...... * Art & Helen Kraemer ................... * Barbara Riper.............................. * Betty Gerard ........................... 100 Bob and Diane Simoni ............. 200 Carolyn and Richard Brennan ....... * Gerald and Donna Silverberg .... 100 Hersh & Arna Shefrin ................... * Jim & Alma Phillips .................. 250 Lawrence Naiman.................... 100 Leif & Sharon Erickson ............ 250 Mr. George Cator ................... 100 Ray & Carol Bacchetti .................. * Rita Vrhel................................ 250 Steve & Karen Ross .................... * Susan & Doug Woodman ............. * Tad Nishimura ............................. * Tom and Neva Cotter ............ 2,000 Al & Joanne Russell................. 250 Alice Smith ............................. 100 Caroline Hicks & Bert Fingerhut ................. 100 Drew McCalley & Marilyn Green .................. 100 Iris Harrell .................................. * Jan & Freddy Gabus .................... * Joe and Nancy Huber ............... 100 John & Olive Borgsteadt .............. * Lynn & Joe Drake ........................ * Patricia M. Levin ..................... 100 Robert and Josephine Spitzer... 100 George & Betsy Young ................. * Harriet & Gerald Berner ............... * Hugh O. McDevitt .................... 200 Mary Lorey ................................. * Nancy Steege.......................... 100 Sheryl & Tony Klein ..................... * Sue Kemp .............................. 250 Andy and Liz Coe ......................... * Ben & Ruth Hammett .................. * Hal & Iris Korol ........................... * Jessie Ngai ............................. 100 John and Mary Schaefer .......... 100 Mahlon and Carol Hubenthal ........ * Peter and Beth Rosenthal ............ * Maria Basch ............................. 55 Owen Vannatta ..................... 5,000 Gennette Lawrence ................. 500 The Havern Family ................ 4,500 Brigid Barton .......................... 250 Donald & Adele Langendorf ..... 200 Gil and Gail Woolley ................. 300 Greg & Penny Gallo ................. 500 Hugh MacMillan ...................... 500 Mike and Jean Couch .............. 250 Nancy Hall ........................... 1,000 Page & Ferrell Sanders ............ 100 Peter & Lynn Kidder................. 100 Peter S Stern .............................. *

Robert & Barbara Simpson .......... * Scout Voll ................................... * Stephen Berke ............................ * Tom & Ellen Ehrlich..................... * Art and Peggy Stauffer............. 500 Bill Johnson and Terri Lobdell ... 500 Carroll Harrington .................... 100 Richard Zuanich ...................... 200 Daniel Cox .............................. 200 Michael & Frannie Kieschnick....... * Richard Hallsted and Pam Mayerfeld ............. 100 Steve and Nancy Levy .................. * Xiaofan Lin ............................... 50 Diane E. Moore ........................... * Ellen & Tom Wyman ................. 200 Roger Warnke ......................... 300 Stu & Louise Beattie ................... * The Ely Family ......................... 250 Bob & Ruth Anne Fraley ............. 50 Ellen Lillington ........................ 100 Jerry and Linda Elkind ............. 250 Linda & Steve Boxer .................... * Tony & Judy Kramer ..................... * Keith & Rita Lee ...................... 100 Roy & Carol Blitzer ...................... * John & Barbara Pavkovich ........ 200 Tish Hoehl .............................. 100 Don & Ann Rothblatt .................... *

In Memory Of Ben Swan ................................... * Ryan .......................................... * Jean M. Law ............................... * Carole Hoffman........................... * Fumi Murai ................................. * Mary Floyd ................................ 25 Tomas W. and Louise L. Phinney... * Leo Breidenbach ......................... * Bertha Kalson ............................. * Nate Rosenberg ...................... 100 Frank & Jean Crist ................... 200 Marie Hardin ........................... 100 Baxter Armstrong ........................ * Bob Makjavich ............................ * Carol Berkowitz ........................... * Bob Donald ............................. 100 Alan K. Herrick ............................ * Don and Marie Snow ............... 100 Kathy Morris ........................ 1,500 Helene F. Klein............................ * Pam Grady .............................. 150 Ruth & Chet Johnson ................... * Robert Lobdell ............................ * Henry Radzilowski ....................... * John Davies Black ................ 1,000 Yen-Chen and Er-Ying Yen ......... 250 Ernest J. Moore........................... * Florence Kan Ho.......................... * Joe, Mary Fran & Stephen Scroggs ................. * Steve Fasani ........................... 100 David Sager ............................ 100 William Settle ......................... 500 Dr. David Zlotnick .................... 200 Boyd Paulson, Jr ......................... * Al and Kay Nelson ....................... *

In Honor Of Sandy Sloan ........................... 100 The Barnea-Smith Family.............. * Barbara Zimmer .......................... * Gary Fazzino ............................... * Karen Ross............................. 100 Shirley Sneath Kelley ............... 100

Foundations, Businesses & Organizations Attorney Susan Dondershine .... 300 Communications & Power Industries LLC .................................... 500 No Limit Drag Racing Team ........ 25 Packard Foundation ............ 25,000 Hewlett Foundation............. 25,000 Arrillaga Foundation ............ 20,000 Peery Foundation ............... 20,000 The Milk Pail Market .................... * Alta Mesa Improvement Company ......................... 1,200


Palo Alto considers expanding Terman Middle School Superintendent nudges Stanford for help with land by Chris ith Palo Alto’s headcount of middle school students growing, the school district is eyeing land near Terman Middle School for new facilities. Palo Alto Superintendent Kevin Skelly is making a pitch for Stanford University to help add space for Palo Alto’s growing middle school population. In Skelly’s ideal scenario, Terman would expand to the adjacent 1.67-acre property currently occupied by the private Bowman International School on Arastradero Road, and Stanford would provide an alternative site in the Stanford Research Park that Bowman could move to. Stanford so far has rejected the idea. It wants to support the district but does not want to provide land as part of that support. But with Palo Alto’s middle school enrollment expected to bump in the next three to four years and then dampen, expanding Terman — now considerably smaller than Jordan or JLS — is a “vastly superior solution” to other options, including building a whole new middle school at the 35-acre Cubberley Community Center site, Skelly said. Skelly and the K-8 Bowman International School — which wants to expand to a 4.5-acre site — have been discussing a possible deal for the past year. But Bowman so far has come up short on finding a


Kenrick suitable expansion venue. In a school board study session on enrollment growth and facilities planning Monday, board members told Skelly to continue to pursue “mutually beneficial options” with Bowman but also to consider other middle school options “with a sense of urgency.” Several said that despite murky growth projections, a fourth middle school, somewhere on the Stanford campus or elsewhere, may be needed soon. Currently enrollment at Terman is 717, compared to 1,025 at Jordan and 1,015 at JLS. The district considers 1,100 to be the maximum desirable headcount for a middle school. This year’s district-wide middle school enrollment is higher by 48 students than last year’s. In pitching for Stanford’s help, Skelly cited the university’s plans to develop 180 faculty-staff housing units off upper California Avenue in the former Facebook location. Stanford also is developing 70 “affordable” apartment units on El Camino Real between California Avenue and Page Mill Road, but those units will not be restricted to Stanford-affiliated tenants. Stanford currently generates 681 K-12 students in the Palo Alto school district, up from 603 in 2009-10. The university and the school (continued on page £È)


Should I Remodel My Home or Buy A New One? Clients frequently ask me if they should remodel their existing home or buy a new one. In order to help them make this important decision I usually ask the following questions: 1. Have you explored the idea of remodeling or adding to your home? Remodeling a home is usually less expensive than buying a new home. But local zoning laws limit how much you can add to your property (based on lot size), and remodeling can be aggravating and time-consuming. If your lot isn’t large enough, or if you are not interested in remodeling, then moving to a bigger home may be your best option. 2. Are you making more money? If you’re making more money, you may be able to afford higher mortgage payments and the costs of moving to a larger home. 3. Do you have significant equity in your home? Usually, if you’ve owned your home for five or more years, you may have significant unrealized gains. These gains

can help you finance a move to a larger home. Ask your agent for an estimate of the fair market value of your home. 4. Are interest rates favorable? Interest rates are now at historic lows. Low rates not only help you buy a larger home, but also make it easier to find a buyer. 5. Do you still like your neighborhood? If you have switched jobs, had children or experienced other changes in your life, your current neighborhood may no longer adequately meet your needs. 6. Is the current housing market conducive to a move? In today’s market you may be able to sell quickly and for top dollar, but finding the new home could take longer because of low inventory and higher prices. Whenever feasible I suggest that my clients find their new home and wait to sell their old one until after they have moved in to the new home. Every case is different. Discuss with your agent your specific circumstances and options before making a final decision.

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Commissioners push for more traffic data Palo Alto transportation planners cite progress in developing new, data-driven model for predicting traffic by Jocelyn Dong



alo Alto residents’ ongoing frustration over worsening traffic surfaced again Wednesday night, even as city transportation planners tried to explain what they’re doing to meet the public’s rising demand for more accurate and informed traffic analyses. Over the past several years, residents have expressed suspicions that city staff aren’t adequately predicting how much added traffic will come with new developments when they are proposed. Either planners are using faulty numbers and analyses, or they are failing to take into account the cumulative traffic impact of numerous small developments, residents have asserted. Just one member of the public spoke at the traffic study session Wednesday, but Planning and Transportation Commission members quickly picked up on the public’s simmering discontent through their comments to staff. Referring to a proposal by developer Jay Paul Co. to build an office complex on Page Mill Road near El Camino Real, commissioner Eduardo Martinez said that when the commission initially asked how bad the traffic delays were at that major intersection, “The response from you was, ‘We don’t know.’” “It seems troubling that these studies seem a little oblique. They don’t seem like they’re coming forth with background information ... that give us a level of comfort about what we’re stepping into,” Martinez said. “So I understand the fear of the neighborhoods of where this might be going. I don’t think I’ve ever seen in my four years (on the commission) a project rejected on traffic issues; yet we see a problem that exists.” Commissioner Michael Alcheck said he appreciated residents’ “skepticism,” adding that it seemed that, when staff favor a proposed project, there could be an incentive “to downplay the impacts.” Alcheck also suggested the city

Qun Li, right, helps Tom Hegarty learn how to pronounce Mandarin words while the two read a classic Chinese short story, all during a meeting they organized through Palo Alto Rooster. Li was seeking to improve his English and Hegarty, who’s been traveling to China for work recently, his Mandarin.

A call for face time New online network aims to get people off their computers and into the real world, with each other by Elena Kadvany n many ways, technology has Parerased the proverbial world in ticipants will receive up to two which if a person ran out of sug- emails a week (akin to a digital ar, he or she would go next door to rooster announcing calls from borrow a cup from a neighbor. around the neighborhood, Saar But Tali Saar and Gil Leder- likes to think). Registered Roostman, two computer programmers er users send offers or requests originally from Israel who recent- for help to Saar and Lederman, ly moved to Palo Alto, are trying who will then publish up to five to revive that world. of them per email. Everything — The two recently launched Palo registration and any exchanges Alto Rooster, an online sharing done via Rooster — is free. network where people can ask for Summing up Rooster’s philosoor offer help to their neighbors, phy, each email begins: “Ask for whether something material — whatever you need, help whenever perhaps two children’s beds that you can.” have been outgrown and need a The first part follows the idea new home — or experiential, such that Saar and Lederman have about as a beginning runner looking for providing people with a place to a jogging partner. simply ask for things they need. “The world today and how the “We hope to give people the social structure has changed — permission to ask,” Lederman we have all these social networks said. “It’s something that we usuand we have hundreds of friends ally don’t realize that we have.” (online). But everybody always Since they launched Rooster in says how it only pulls us apart, and November, Saar said hundreds of we only find ourselves in front of people have signed up (a total at our computer all day,” said Saar. the bottom of a recent email blast “We thought, ‘This is what has pegs it at 301). happened with technology, but Palo Alto resident Sandra Slater this is not what we believe to be uses several online community the nature of people.’” networks that are in a similar vein She thinks it’s in people’s nature as Rooster, such as Nextdoor (prito connect and be a part of com- vate neighborhood-specific social munity. She and Lederman felt that networks) and Yerdle (a website urge when they moved to Palo Alto where users can give and receive from the East Coast recently. material items for free). “Being new, we don’t know a lot “I’m really interested in the of people. There’s a lot of adjust- sharing economy and collaboraments to make and preparations tive consumption and that kind of and getting things together and ... thing,” she said. if we just knew our neighbors or In a recent Rooster email, she had some friends around us, that saw that a young woman needed could have been so helpful.” a ride to Oakland. It happened to What they were missing was coincide with a day Slater was someone — or somewhere — to going to be driving there, so she ask for help moving a mattress, decided to give her a ride. to offer no-longer-needed mov“It was the first time I’ve given ing boxes, to make real-world a ride to a stranger,” Slater said. “It connections. was fabulous. She was terrific. We So they built Palo Alto Rooster had a wonderful conversation.” out of their Crescent Park home. Though she also said she’s trying It’s essentially an email blast that to reduce her carbon footprint as Palo Altans can sign up for (at much as possible — hence the ride


sharing — it was more than that. “I think it’s ... also about the human interaction, which is really important.” This is exactly what Saar and Lederman are hoping for with Rooster, and what they said sets it apart from similar websites, like Yerdle, Freecycle or Craigslist, that focus on the exchange of material goods rather than person-toperson interactions. “The posts (on Freecycle) are very anonymous and very, ‘Here’s what I have; here’s what I need’

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review how well its traffic consultants have done in the past in predicting traffic problems, or the lack thereof. Commissioner Greg Tanaka also supported the idea. The city’s recently hired planning director, Hillary Gitelman, assured commissioners that her staff aims to provide the kind of informative and helpful analysis that the commissioners and the public are seeking. In fact, transportation staff said Wednesday they have been working to develop a new model that will more accurately predict traffic problems brought about by new development. Working with Hexagon Transportation Consultants, the city now has data from 53 key Palo Alto intersections and 44 roadway segments, which will be used to create a baseline. Currently, the city prepares an analysis of the potential traffic problems that each new development could cause, staff said. The scope of the report is determined by the number of new rush-hour car trips it could bring, with 100 or more triggering a full trafficimpact analysis, and fewer than 50 being documented through a memo, staff said. Using Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority guidelines for traffic-impact analysis, the reports assess how much traffic could be created by a development; the streets those added cars would use; and the impact on intersections in the area. The analyses rely on several baselines, to take into consideration both the proposed development as well as other anticipated changes throughout the city and in neighboring cities: Existing traffic, which identifies current conditions; near-term, which adds up the cumulative traffic of all projects that have been planned or approved but not yet built; and future, which uses a forecasting model to estimate what traffic will be like in 2035. By following the VTA methodology, the city’s traffic models will take into account “growth and that’s where the interactions stop. And we really want to create something more than that. So items definitely belong on Rooster, but a lot of other things do too.” Another very busy Palo Alto woman who “feels kind of guilty when she leaves her dog at home and the dog is alone for many hours,” Saar said, posted on Rooster that she was looking for somebody to host her dog for a few hours. “The person who responded was actually another woman whose dog has recently passed away,” Saar

anticipated locally and throughout the region,” which is tracked by the VTA, Chief Transportation Official Jaime Rodriguez stated in a new report. For Palo Alto specifically, the new forecast model also assumes the city will add 4,000 new homes and 25,000 jobs by 2035, according to the staff report. Those figures were based on actual growth between 1970 and 2010. But the key measure of the impact of a development is the amount of delay at intersections. At major intersections monitored by VTA, such as El Camino Real and Page Mill Road, delays of up to 80 seconds are considered acceptable. But if a new development’s traffic increases the delay, the change is considered “significant,” and the developer would be required to take steps to prevent the problem, Rodriguez’s report states. For most other Palo Alto intersections, those not monitored by the county, planners use a more conservative standard, the report notes. A delay at a signal of 55 seconds, and up to 35 seconds at a corner without a traffic light, is considered acceptable. But when newly created traffic causes longer delays, then the city will ensure the developer plans to stem the congestion. The issue of cumulative impacts has come to a head in recent years, with critics of Palo Alto’s plan to shrink California Avenue from four lanes to two charging that city planners did not take into consideration how future developments’ traffic will clog the newly slimmed business boulevard. At a presentation last week, developer Ray Paul of the Jay Paul Co. said the company’s proposed office complex could bring 900 more car commuters to the site. At the meeting, residents who live near the property asked rhetorically how all those cars could get to and from work without causing congestion. N Editor Jocelyn Dong can be emailed at jdong@paweekly. com. said. “She loved the opportunity. She said, ‘Of course, bring him over, and I’ll be happy to do that.’” Saar said she’s not concerned about Rooster being unsafe; people can look each other up online and talk on the phone before meeting in person. “We trust people to do that verification,” she said. But she said she would like to incorporate some sort of rating system in the future, so people ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ£È)


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alo Alto school district officials Tuesday night reported progress in the percentage of high school graduates who are “college ready� — meaning they have fulfilled the so-called “A-G requirements,� which are prerequisites for entrance to California’s public four-year universities. Historically, the “collegeready� rate has hovered around 80 percent in Palo Alto, but officials have pushed to raise that since a recent decision that, starting with the class of 2016, will make the A-G requirements a condition of high school graduation for all students except those who have negotiated alternative requirements with the school. District statistician Diana Wilmot reported Tuesday that the college-readiness rate for the most recent high school graduating class was 85 percent — 90.8 percent at Gunn High School and 79.6 percent at Palo Alto High School. Those numbers are up more than 10 percent from a districtwide college-readiness rate of 74.8 percent in 2008. But the college-readiness rate for “underrepresented subgroups� remains unacceptable, Wilmot said, at only 46 percent for socio-economically disadvantaged students; 52 percent for English learners; 44 percent for special education students; 50 percent for students in the Tinsley Voluntary Transfer Program and 41 percent for students whose parents did not graduate from college. Among the 21 African-American students who graduated this year, only one-third were college-ready, she said. Of the 69 Hispanic graduates, 55.1 percent were college ready, making for a combined college-readiness rate of “underrepresented minorities� of 50 percent. Also Tuesday, about 20 middle and high school counselors attended the board meeting to report on a recent collaboration program through which they have agreed upon a “framework� for counseling activities and outcomes. The collaboration, which included a two-day meeting over the summer plus a full-day retreat in September, follows years’ worth of criticism from some parents over the differing counseling models used at Gunn and Palo Alto high schools. Counselors from both schools said they have been sharing ideas, and district Student Services Coordinator Brenda Carrillo said she has been trying to determine “comparability� between the schools. “Sometimes it’s difficult to do a

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While most of the Class of 2013 met the district’s A-G requirements, lagging far behind were special education students and those whose parents lacked a college diploma. comparison when you call things by different names, but when you look at it, it’s actually the same action even if they call it different names.� Parents Ken Dauber and Kathy Sharp, both of whom have been longtime critics of Gunn’s traditional counseling model, reiterated that criticism Tuesday. Dauber said polling data and satisfaction surveys indicate “consistent and large gaps in counseling services� between Gunn and Paly, which augments its small counseling staff through use of about 40 “teacher advisers.�

But Gunn counselor Bill Christensen said recent staff additions and changes in Gunn’s program have resulted in “dramatically improved� contact between students and adult counselors at the school. Counselors said they would return to the board in March 2014 with reports from the individual high schools. Board members requested that those reports include data from polls of students and parents taken this school year. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

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PALO ALTO CITY COUNCIL CIVIC CENTER, 250 HAMILTON AVENUE BROADCAST LIVE ON KZSU, FM 90.1 CABLECAST LIVE ON GOVERNMENT ACCESS CHANNEL 26 ***************************************** THIS IS A SUMMARY OF COUNCIL AGENDA ITEMS. THE AGENDA WITH COMPLETE TITLES INCLUDING LEGAL DOCUMENTATION CAN BE VIEWED AT THE BELOW WEBPAGE: (TENTATIVE) AGENDA – SPECIAL MEETING – COUNCIL CONFERENCE ROOM MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2013 - 4:00 PM SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY 1. Interview of Candidates for the Storm Drain Oversight Committee CLOSED SESSION 2. Conference with Labor Negotiators-SEIU 3. Mitchell Park Library 4. Senate Bill 07 CONSENT CALENDAR 5. Approval and Authorization of the City Manager to Execute a Contract with Walsh Electronic Systems Technology in the Amount of $381,823 for Phase II of the Video Surveillance and Intrusion Detection System Project (EL-04012) and 10% Contingency of $38,000 for Related but Unforeseen Work for a Total Authorized Amount of $419,823 – Phase III 6. Finance Committee Recommendation to Accept the Audit of Contract Oversight: Trenching and the Installation of the Electric Substructure 7. 636 Waverley Street [13PLN-00262]: Council Consideration of an Appeal of the Director of Planning and Community Environment’s decision to approve the Architectural Review of a new mixed-use development. The proposed four-story 10,278 sq. ft. building includes 4,800 sq. ft. of commercial uses on the first and second floors and two residential units on the third and fourth floors in the CD-C(P) zoning district; the project provides 20 parking spaces in a below grade garage. Environmental Assessment: Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (PLNG) 8. Approval of Contract With Outside Counsel 9. Approval to write an Our Town Grant to the NEA 10. Council Review of an Appeal of the Director’s Architectural Review And Sign Exception Approval of the installation of one projecting sign on a 50,500 sq. ft. two story mixed use building located at 3445 Alma Street (Alma Plaza/Village) in the Planned Community (PC4956) Zoning District. Exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), per CEQA Guidelines Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) 11. Approval of Wastewater Treatment Enterprise Fund Contract with QLM Inc. in the Amount of $1,034,681 for the Regional Water Quality Control Plant Landscaping Construction Project--Capital Improvement Program Project WQ-80021 12. Adoption of a Resolution to Implement New Retirement Health Savings Plan and Designation of City Manager as Administrator of the Plan Document 13. Approval of a Contract with Finite Matters Ltd. For Budget Document Publication Software at a Cost Not to Exceed $221,330 14. Request Direction to Staff Regarding Stay Enforcement of Vehicle Habitation Enforcement Ban Ordinance 15. Approval of Contract Number C14152214 in the Amount of $2,000,000 with Toubar Equipment Company Inc. for Soil Brokering and Closure Maintenance Assistance Services at the Palo Alto Landfill and Adoption of a Resolution Approving the Third Amendment of Lease PRC 7348.9 with the California State Lands Commission for Additional Use of Lands Claimed by the State (This item was continued from December 9, 2013) ACTION ITEMS 16. Council Discussion and Direction to Staff Regarding the 567-595 Maybell Avenue Site (Continued from December 9, 2013) 17. Council Review and Policy Direction to Staff on the Residential Parking Permit Program Framework 18. 2013 Annual Year in Review 19. Colleagues Memo Regarding Additional Community Outreach Related to Stanford-Palo Alto Trail Program


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pleased about what this could actually mean for our clients, some of whom are disabled and are homeless. It’s tremendously important to our clients,” she said. It is also the right decision so the city “can avoid a very serious legal and moral mistake,” she added. The Los Angeles case involves 11 plaintiffs, all homeless individuals who have disabilities, who filed a civil-rights complaint against the City of Los Angeles in 2010 regarding the Venice neighborhood’s homeless ordinance. The city had enacted a “Streets to Homes” project, which was to offer services to homeless persons. If they did not accept, regardless

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not think this history would be a problem,” he said. In his application for a tourist visa, he specifically requested permission to visit the Mt. Kuwol area. That request was approved and was on the official itinerary when he arrived. After he got to Pyongyang, he was told the bridge had been washed out by a flood and it would not be possible go there, he said. He innocently asked his North Korean guides whether some of those who fought in the war in the Mt. Kuwol area might still be alive, and he said he was interested in possibly meeting them. “The North Koreans seem to have misinterpreted my curiosity as something more sinister,” he said. Newman has said he will share more details about his experience in the future. “I know there is a lot of interest in this and I’ll do my best to answer as many questions as I can. We also ask that you not forget that another American, Kenneth Bae is being held in the DPRK (the official name of North Korea) and we hope that he, too, will be allowed to rejoin his family. “For now, let me finish by saying again how great it is to be back home, safe, and with my loved ones,” he wrote. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

Corrections STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. to discuss: 1) Follow-up Discussion Regarding Fire Department Overtime, 2) Utilities Advisory Commission Recommendation that Council Continue the Palo Alto Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) Program at the Rate of 16.5 cents per Kilowatt-hour for a 20-Year Contract and a Program Cap of 2 Megawatts, and 3) Utilities Advisory Commission Recommendation that the City Council Adopt a Resolution to 1) Terminate the City’s Natural Gas Direct Access Program by Repealing Gas Rate Schedule g-4; 2) Eliminate Fixed and Custom Gas Commodity Rates for Large Commercial Customers by Repealing Gas Rate Schedules G-11 and G-12; and 3) Effect the Changes by Amending Gas Rate Schedules G-3 and G-8 and Utility Rules and Regulations 2, 3, 5, and 13 L (UTL) The City/School Committee will meet on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 8:30 AM.

The Dec. 6 article “’Tis the season for helpful holiday apps” incorrectly stated that task-management app AnyList is available on Apple and Android devices. It is only available for Apple devices at this time. Also, a sketch of the Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen that appeared in the Dec. 6 article, “Through the eyes of a child,” should have credited Louis Asscher, who was an inmate of the camp. The Weekly regrets the errors. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@ or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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of whether the services were inappropriate or inadequate, the homeless persons had to leave Venice or face punitive damages, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court Central District. A promised location where people could park off public streets and the services did not materialize, but enforcement of the ban was carried out, according to the complaint. The lawsuit claimed the city’s actions violate several federal and state protections for people with disabilities, and that the enforcement is unconstitutional. It violates the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth amendments against unreasonable search and seizure, right to due process and equal protection under the law. Several Venice vehicle-code or-

dinances allow disabled persons to park in any area for any length of time regardless of restrictions. Disabled persons may be prohibited from parking in a location only if the zone absolutely prohibits stopping, parking or standing for all vehicles. Disabled persons are also allowed to park at any metered parking space free of charge. The Central District Court granted a summary judgment in favor of the City of Los Angeles in November 2011, without hearing the case. The plaintiffs filed an appeal that year. Attorneys argued the appeals case before three judges on Dec. 5. The oral argument can be heard at N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@

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of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (Dec. 9) Closed session: The council discussed potential litigation involving the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, Senate Bill 7 and a potential challenge to the municipal code regarding prohibiting human habitation of vehicles. Action: None Transportation-demand management: The council held a study session with local private representatives about strategies for transportation-demand management. Action: None Infrastructure survey: The council heard the results of a survey to assess possible funding avenues for infrastructure improvements in Palo Alto. It sent the survey to the infrastructure committee to formulate a recommendation based on the findings. Yes: Unanimous Electric-vehicle chargers: The council adopted an ordinance that will mandate circuitry required for charging electric vehicles to be included in all newly built homes. Yes: Unanimous Stalled construction projects: The council adopted an ordinance that will impose fines for stalled construction projects based on the number of days their building permits are expired. Yes: Unanimous 240 Hamilton appeal: The council rejected an appeal of a development at 240 Hamilton Ave. based on the compatibility of its architecture to surrounding buildings. Yes: Berman, Klein, Price, Scharff, Shepard No: Burt, Holman, Schmid Maybell site: The council continued an item considering what to do with the site of the proposed Maybell senior housing development, which was defeated by referendum last month. Yes: Unanimous

Board of Education (Dec. 10) Calendar: The board approved district-wide school calendars for 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17. Action: Unanimous Pay raises: The board approved a 4 percent raise plus a 2 percent bonus in 2013-14 for all teachers, staff and administrators except Superintendent Kevin Skelly. For Skelly, the board approved a 3 percent “one-time annual salary increase” for 2013-14. Action: Unanimous Leadership: The board elected Barb Mitchell to serve as president and Melissa Baten Caswell to serve as vice-president of the board for the coming year. Action: Unanimous

Council Policy and Services Committee (Dec. 10) Boards and commissions: The committee approved a plan to simplify the process for applying to boards and commissions. Yes: Unanimous Benefits audit update: The committee heard a year-end update on the benefits audit. Action: None Library renaming: The committee sent a proposal to rename the Mitchell Park Library “Rinconada Library” or after a distinguished figure. Action: Referred to council

Parks & Recreation Commission (Dec. 10) Calendar: The commission approved forming three ad-hoc committees to study dog parks, remodeling the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center and adding amenities to Sterling Park. Action: Unanimous

Planning & Transportation Commission (Dec. 11) California Avenue Concept Plan: The commission sent several amendments to subcommittee for review. Staff will return with a revised draft of the plan on Jan. 29. Yes: Unanimous Housing Element program implementation: The commission approved staff recommendations to amend the Palo Alto Municipal Code in order to implement programs for the city’s housing element, including adding definitions for emergency homeless shelters, supportive and transitional housing; increasing the density for residential projects in a particular district; and establishing a process that would eliminate regulatory barriers for residents with disabilities who want to modify zoning regulations. Yes: Keller, King, Martinez, Michael, Panelli, Tanaka Absent: Alcheck

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Council rejects appeal of modernist building Resident had decried Palo Alto building as not fitting in with character of downtown by Eric Van Susteren


he City Council on Monday shot down an appeal of a modernist development at 240 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto that appellant Douglas Smith said was incompatible with the historic buildings surrounding it. The 15,000-square-foot building, which will stand at the corner of Hamilton and Ramona Street, will replace an existing 7,000-square-foot building, the former home of Radio Shack. The new four-story, mixed-use building will contain retail space on the ground floor, offices on the second and third floors and residential space on the fourth floor. Smith, a Palo Alto resident, appealed the July Architectural Review Board approval of the project’s design, saying that its modernist architecture clashed with the historic buildings in the Hamilton Avenue area, which he called “the most densely historic spot in any commercial area in Palo Alto.� The council voted 6-3 — with Karen Holman, Greg Schmid and Pat Burt dissenting — to deny the appeal, saying during a discussion that stretched well beyond midnight that the building’s de-

sign was compatible with the surrounding area. Smith said the building is inconsistent with the city’s municipal code and its Comprehensive Plan, the “land-use bible� that guides development in the city. The municipal code states the board should approve a development only if it is compatible with the immediate environment and — if the area is considered to have a unifying design or historical character — the design is compatible with that character. Dozens of members of the public spoke for and against the development. Most of the comments were directed at the limited parking the developer would provide and the traffic and parking woes it might cause in the already traffic-plagued area surrounding the building. But legally, the council’s decision had to be based on the issue of the appeal, which was the building’s architectural design, not on the consequences to parking and traffic. Councilwoman Liz Kniss said she thought the modernist design mixed well with the traditional designs of the surrounding build-

ings, saying it fits the city’s diverse character. Councilwoman Gail Price agreed and called the building “very well designed� and said it “provides an anchor to the corner.� Councilman Burt called the appeal “misguided and inappropriate� and lauded the compatibility of other buildings around town designed by architect Ken Hayes but voted for the appeal nonetheless. He said the debate shouldn’t be over the merits or appropriateness of modernist buildings in historic districts, but over whether the design characteristics of this development fit with its neighboring buildings. He said the “massive� building was out of scale with its neighbors and that the materials used were inappropriate for making it compatible. Councilwoman Holman voted to support the appeal because she said the building’s design doesn’t fit with surrounding buildings, contrasting the solid glass walls of the 240 Hamilton Ave. building with the historic Cardinal Hotel on the opposite corner, which is punctuated by windows. “I’m a fan of many of your



buildings, Ken,� she said, addressing Hayes. “I think this one misses the mark.� Smith told the Weekly that the decision was “profoundly disappointing� because it set a precedent for allowing “glass and concrete boxes� that he said are incompatible with their surroundings. He called the vote an ominous sign that upholds the status quo of how the city’s planning department and Architectural Review Board operate. The board is allowed input in building design far too late in the process, he said, and it has to struggle to tinker with it near the end rather than guide it from the beginning. He said he felt the council missed an opportunity to revise the process to allow for more involvement from residents he says are being ignored. Smith said the conversation Monday night was sidetracked by the issue of architectural diversity, which dissenting council members Burt and Holman also criticized. The issue, they said, was not architectural diversity but the interpretation of statutes in the Comprehensive Plan and Municipal Code that deal with compatibility.

Smith called on the council to clarify the statutes so that they’re less ambiguous and subject to less interpretation. That way, developers can’t ignore them as easily, he said. Some residents, like Robert Peterson, a former colleague of esteemed Palo Alto architect Birge Clark, came out in full support of Hayes and the board. “We need a group of people who are educated, experienced and creative and can make a judgment of what can work in our community,� he said. Residents including Andrew Wong, Martin Bernstein and Todd Simon said the building fit into the city’s portfolio and championed the idea of diverse architecture in Palo Alto. Resident Paula Shaviv told the council it should not try to mimic historic architecture but embrace change. “It makes no more sense to require (the building) to be built in a period frozen in time than it would to make me appear before you in a hoop skirt,� she said. N Online Editor Eric Van Susteren can be reached at

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News Digest Voters unlikely to fund bond for police HQ A bond to fund a new public-safety building in Palo Alto would probably fail if it were put on the November 2014 ballot, according to a survey conducted by the city’s public-opinion polling firm. Fairbanks, Maslin, Maullin, Metz and Associates (FM3), surveyed 600 residents by phone and asked about their likelihood to vote for five funding initiatives to pay for infrastructure improvements. The residents considered a 2 to 3 percent increase in the city’s tax on hotels (known as transient-occupancy tax); a one-eighth or onequarter percent increase in sales tax; a $66 million general-obligation bond for transportation projects; a $71 million general-obligation bond for public-safety improvements; and the establishment of a community facilities district (CFD) to fund parking improvements. The hotel tax emerged as the clear frontrunner, with 65 to 79 percent of likely voters approving of it, depending on the context in which the question was asked. But the public-safety general-obligation bond would fall short of the two-thirds majority it would need to pass, with 55 to 65 percent of residents approving, the surveying firm found. Adding urgency to the push for a funding solution is an offer by San Francisco Developer Jay Paul Co. to build a new $49.3 million public-safety building at 3045 Park Blvd. as part of the approval of a new, adjacent office complex. The proposal has been widely criticized by residents for its potential parking and traffic problems. The report was referred to the council’s finance committee for a recommendation. N — Eric Van Susteren

Mother struck, seriously injured by car A woman who was walking her young child to school was struck by a car in Barron Park Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, Palo Alto police said in a statement. The woman in her 30s was struck at 7:49 a.m. by a car driven by a minor. The teen driver called police dispatch to report that he or she had just struck a pedestrian in the 3800 block of La Donna Avenue, between Paul and La Para avenues. Responding officers and personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department found the woman unconscious with major injuries. Personnel from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported her to a local hospital, where she is being treated. Police said Wednesday night that she is a serious but stable condition. The teen driver remained at the scene and has been cooperative with investigators. The driver has not been arrested or cited, as the investigation is still ongoing. He or she was not injured. No additional information about the driver is being released in accordance with standard operating procedures involving juveniles, police said. The victim was walking her young child to school at the time of the collision. The child was not struck and was not injured. No additional information about the victim or her child is being released, police said. Police are asking anyone with information about the accident to call the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. N — Sue Dremann

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The Palo Alto Board of Education Tuesday finalized school district-wide calendars for the next three years, ending — for now — a debate over how early in August the school year should begin. The 2014-15 school year will run from Aug. 18 to June 4; the 201516 academic year from Aug. 17 to June 2; and the 2016-17 academic year from Aug. 15 to June 1. Tuesday’s unanimous vote ended nearly a year of discussion following Palo Alto’s major switch in 2012-13 to a calendar in which, for the first time, the semester ends before the December holidays. That change created a work-free semester break for students that was cheered by many, but pushed the school start date to earlier in August. The calendars struck a compromise between parents, who had sought a later August start date, and teachers, who said making the first semester much shorter than the second semester would compromise their teaching. Also Tuesday, the board unanimously approved a 4 percent pay raise, plus a 2 percent bonus, for all teachers, staff and administrators with the exception of Superintendent Kevin Skelly. In the case of Skelly, they unanimously approved a “one-time annual salary increase” for the 2013-14 school year amounting to 3 percent of his regular pay of $287,163. The raises approved Tuesday will cost the district an ongoing $5 million of its $180 million operating budget, officials said. N — Chris Kenrick


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the past we haven’t made it very easy for them to transfer those courses back to Foothill” or to prove they’re taking enough units to qualify for things like financial aid, Moreau said. “This will make the records student-centric rather than institution-centric and will automate and simplify the process of transfer, qualification for financial aid and things of that sort.” Foothill-De Anza was California’s first community-college district to offer courses online, and now offers 20 fully online degrees, including AA degrees in economics, history, music technology and psychology and certificates in accounting and graphic and interactive design. Statewide, more than a quarter of the current 2.4 million community college students are enrolled in at least one online course, and the numbers are growing. More than half of all community colleges offer at least one degree or certificate that can be completed entirely online. Foothill-De Anza Chancellor Linda Thor, hired in 2009, previously headed Rio Salado College in Tempe, Ariz., an onlinelearning pioneer where half of the 60,000 students at that time were distance learners. The new initiative, Thor said, “is a cutting-edge vision for California. I believe it will transform online learning for millions of community college students. “It represents a unique moment of opportunity in California history to make good on the (state) Master Plan (for Higher Education’s) promise of universal access to public higher education while also improving student success,” Thor said. Support for students in areas such as online tutoring is a significant part of the initiative, Moreau said. His first order of business, he said, will be to convene “stakeholders, especially faculty from throughout the state, to work with us to design programs that have the most significant impact on student success and retention. “We need to know from people in the field what we’ve got that works great, what could work better and what’s totally missing,” Moreau said. “Then we need to specify solutions that are needed so we can go to our commercial and nonprofit partners to figure out what we can realistically introduce given the state of technology and our budget.” Foothill has consulted with the Stanford Graduate School of Education on problems related to student retention and success online, and aims to expand that partnership, Moreau said. The work is funded by a $16.9 million grant shared by Foothill-De Anza and Butte-Glenn Community College District. The amount was proposed by Brown for increasing community-college online education and competitively awarded through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. N

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These and other news stories were posted on Palo Alto Online throughout the week. For longer versions, go to www.PaloAlto

Fire Dept. burns through half its overtime budget The Palo Alto Fire Department has burned through half of its annual overtime budget — $718,000 — during this fiscal year compared with $571,000 spent during this period last year. Many of the expenses came from everyday sources. (Posted Dec. 11, 2:32 p.m.)

Plan proposed for golf-course tree replacement The removal of more than 500 trees from the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course as part of a renovation and flood-control project could offer an opportunity to restore a portion of the Palo Alto Baylands to its natural state, the city’s Parks and Recreation commissioners learned Tuesday evening. (Posted Dec. 11, 9:59 a.m.)

City of Palo Alto hires first sustainability officer Gil Philip Friend has been selected as the City of Palo Alto’s first chief sustainability officer, City Manager James Keene announced Monday. (Posted Dec. 9, 2:35 p.m.)

Rutherford appointed to East Palo Alto council Donna Rutherford was selected for the East Palo Alto City Council Thursday night, after 16 residents applied for the seat former Vice Mayor David Woods vacated in October. (Posted Dec. 9, 9:54 a.m.)

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A preview of Palo Alto government meetings next week CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to interview candidates for the Storm Drain Oversight Committee, then meet in closed session to discuss labor issues and potential litigation re: Mitchell Park Library and Community Center and Senate Bill 7. At its regular meeting the council will discuss 567-595 Maybell Ave. and residential parking permits. The meeting begins at 4 p.m., then goes into closed session from 4:40-6:40 p.m., followed by the regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 16, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). COUNCIL FINANCE COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss Fire Department overtime and recommendations from the Utilities Advisory Commission to continue the Palo Alto Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN) program for 20 years and to repeal and amend the gasrate schedules. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). CITY/SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to hear updates on the district/city technology and Youth Community Services MOU, meet the city’s chief of sustainability and hear about district/city sustainability programs. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, in Conference Room A at Palo Alto Unified School District headquarters (25 Churchill Ave.).

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HISTORIC RESOURCES BOARD ... The board will review draft design guidelines for residential development in the Professorville Historic District. The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD ... The board is scheduled to review plans for a three-story, mixed-use project at 3877 El Camino Real; improvements for El Camino Park; construction of three residential units, demolition of two units and retention of existing office at 636 Middlefield Road; and a sign exception for Tesla Motors. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). LIBRARY ADVISORY COMMISSION ... The commission will welcome Assistant Library Director Eric Howard, then hear updates on the opening of Mitchell Park Library, renaming Main Library, library publicity and marketing strategies and 2014 priorities. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Council Conference Room at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.). PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The commission plans to hear updates on the Percent for Art program, as well as on the status of art at the Municipal Golf Course and the Water Quality Control Plant. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 19, in the Council Chambers at City Hall (250 Hamilton Ave.).

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NOTICE OF HEARING ON REPORT AND ASSESSMENT FOR WEED ABATEMENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on November 14th, 2013 the Fire Chief of the City of Palo Alto filed with the City Clerk of said City a report and assessment on abatement of weeds within said City, a copy of which is posted on the bulletin board at the entrance to the City Hall.

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district have a long history of cooperation, with five local public schools on land once owned by Stanford. They are Palo Alto High School, Gunn High School, Escondido and Nixon elementary schools as well as Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park. In other business Monday, board members reviewed demographers’ data that project little or no elementary enrollment growth in the near term, even as the district is making plans to open a new elementary school. But members said the demographers’ projections failed to take into account new housing that — while not yet in the development pipeline — is likely to occur. Vice President Barb Mitchell (who was elected president of the board on Tuesday) noted that the City of Palo Alto, under heavy pressure from state and regional planning officials to add housing to address the city’s jobs-housing imbalance, is conservatively projecting 3,000 additional housing units being built in the city between now and 2030. District demographers are only projecting 500 new housing units, albeit for a shorter time horizon, she said. “I don’t think we should ignore (the city projections), especially when the demographers admit they don’t look at data unless it’s in our pipeline,” she said. Board members agreed to look more closely at new-school possibilities in another study session in January, at which Skelly said he would provide a range of options. The board has said it plans to make a final decision by June on location and programming — traditional or specialized, such as Spanish immersion — for a 13th elementary school. N Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@

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Pulse POLICE CALLS Palo Alto Dec. 1-10 Violence related Assault w/a deadly weapon . . . . . . . . . 1 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Domestic violence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Grand theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Identity theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Residential burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Shoplifting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Vehicle related Abandoned auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Auto recovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Bicycle theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Driving w/ suspended license . . . . . . 10 Hit and run: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Misc. traffic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Theft from auto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Vehicle accident/mnr. injury . . . . . . . . 14 Vehicle accident/prop. damage . . . . . 18 Vehicle/stored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Alcohol or drug related Drunk in public . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Drunken driving. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Possession of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Under influence of drugs . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Miscellaneous Found property. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Lost property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Other/misc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Outside assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Psychiatric hold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 suspicious circumstances . . . . . . . . . . 3 Vandalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Warrant/other agency . . . . . . . . . . . . 11





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VIOLENT CRIMES Palo Alto Cowper St., 12/1, 8:10 p.m.; Domestic violence/battery 463 Lytton Ave., 12/1, 10:17 p.m.; Assault w/a deadly weapon 632 Emerson St., 12/2, 11:35 a.m.; Battery/simple 500 blk High St., 12/6, 7:29 p.m.; Battery/simple Clara Dr., 12/7, 8:46 p.m.; Domestic violence/battery

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1800 blk Doris Dr., 12/3, 12:17 p.m.;

Violence related Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Domestic abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Shooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Spousal abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Theft related Commercial burglaries . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Fraud . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Petty theft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10


Newbridge St./Sevier Ave., 12/4, 12:17 a.m.; Spousal abuse 1300 blk Willow Rd., 12/6, 7:22 p.m.; Battery Scott Dr./Campbell Ave., 12/6, 11:55 p.m.; Domestic abuse 1300 blk. Madera Ave., 12/8, 7:36 p.m.; Shooting


Peter Edward Sylvester December 10, 1931 – November 22, 2013

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Peter Edward Sylvester, Jr. a 41 year resident of Palo Alto died Nov. 22, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. He was born Dec. 10, 1931 in San Francisco. He received his Stanford BA in 1953 & MBA in 1955. He was a development officer at Stanford from 1962 until retiring in 1993. Pete was the patriarch of his family. He is survived by his sister, Anne Sylvester Stricking & his brother John Sylvester, both of Palo Alto, his niece Cary Gorgolinski & her sons Matthew & Jack of Redwood City, his niece Jennifer Sylvester McNally of Wailea, Maui, HI and his nephew Peter Byron Sylvester of Emeryville. A great lover of music, a cerebral wit, and a great fan of everything Stanford, he will be sorely missed by all of us. PA I D


Milo S. Gates April 25, 1923 – December 1, 2013 Milo S. Gates, known as “Ned” by his family and friends, died peacefully at home in Woodside, California on Sunday, December 1. He was 90 years old. As President and then Chairman of Swinerton Inc., Ned guided the construction of dozens of large-scale, landmark buildings in San Francisco, Los Angeles and throughout the western United States. Those who worked closely with Mr. Gates said he thrived on friendship, which was central to his business and his personal life. “Ned was what I call the perfect gentleman,” says Dave Grubb, who served as President while Mr. Gates was Chairman. “He treated everyone so beautifully.” Ned shared this signature generosity widely, as trustee of Children’s Hospital, Grace Cathedral, Laguna Honda Hospital, Cypress Lawn and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, as well as with his wide network of friends and his family, which grew to include 25 grandchildren. Ned was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on April 25, 1923, the first of two sons, to Milo Talmadge and Virginia Offutt Gates. He and his family moved in the 1930s to California, where he attended Piedmont High School and spent summers sailing at Westward Ho camp. His brother Jarvis died in 1987. As an engineering student at Stanford, Ned transferred into the V-12 Navy College Training Program at Cal Tech in 1942 in preparation for military service. After further training in New London, CT, he reunited briefly with his Stanford class to graduate in 1944 just prior to his first assignment in the Pacific. During the remainder of World War II, he was stationed on a Gato-class submarine, the USS Whale (SS-239), in the Inland Sea of Japan, rescuing Allied pilots who had been downed by Japanese anti-aircraft artillery. After the War, Ned earned an MBA in 1948 from Stanford Business School and went on to enjoy a long career with Swinerton, from 1955 to his retirement as Chairman in 1996. During Hawaii’s building boom of the 1960’s and 70’s, he led projects in Honolulu and the Outer Islands, including the Royal Hawaiian Tower and the Sheraton Waikiki. Under his leadership in the 1980s and 90s, the company executed large-scale projects including 101 California in San Francisco and the Century Plaza Tower in Los Angeles, while adding expertise that enabled it to take on innovative projects such as the renovation of the California State Capital building, the San Francisco Centre, SF MoMA and the

DeYoung Museum. During this period the company expanded into new geographic regions and grew to be one of the largest commercial construction contractors in the country. Just after the war, at the very start of his construction career, Ned married Anne Phleger, of Woodside, California, in 1950. Together they raised a family of five children in San Francisco. She died in 1987. In 1988, he married Robin (Binnie) Templeton Quist, also of Woodside, California. Their combined families consisted of nine adult children and, including spouses and grandchildren, grew to 44 family members. Tapping the same engineering and people skills he used to succeed at business, Ned helped organize family vacations and reunions that measured up to any skyscraper. “Just like at Swinerton,” says a family member, “he was rarely without his yellow pads and blue felt tip pens, writing lists and getting everyone on the right track.” Always on the lookout for another good project, Ned, in the late 1990s, rebuilt a home on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe that he had originally constructed in the 1960s, in order to accommodate his expanding family. At family gatherings, he always found occasion to raise a glass and acknowledge his and others great fortune. His toasts were well known for their eloquence, grace and humor. Ned was an avid yachtsman who loved sailing and found particular joy in driving “woodies” at Lake Tahoe. He also loved fly-fishing at the Fall River Ranch in Northern California and more recently on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Ned was a long-time member of the Bohemian Club and of the Pacific Union Club, where he served as President, and he enjoyed the ongoing activities of his college fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. He especially valued the friendships he developed with younger individuals, many of whom he got to know through mentoring relationships and through his civic involvements. Besides his wife Robin, Ned is survived by his four daughters, Elena Gates Motlow, Susan Gates Suman, Virginia Lewis and Anne Symington; his son Milo Gates; his stepson Bob Quist and stepdaughters Cathy Brisbin and Sarah Dolbey; and his 25 grandchildren. Services will be private. Donations in Ned’s name can be made to California Academy of Sciences. Contact: Janet Harris,, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, 94118. PA I D


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Editorial Your chance to give back through the Holiday Fund


s the year winds down, giving to the Holiday Fund is an easy way to support dozens of local nonprofits and the families they help Thanks to the more than 200 individuals and families that have already donated, the 2013 Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund is off to a strong start, but many more gifts are needed to reach our goal of raising more than $350,000 to support local organizations supporting families and kids in need. Don’t let the reviving Silicon Valley economy lull you into thinking that there isn’t a continuing divide, even in the affluent Palo Alto area, between those riding high and the many families living on the edge and needing a bit of help. Children are too often the innocent victims of economic hard times, and we are lucky to have so many well-run nonprofit organizations that are serving their needs. The Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund, now in its 20th year, provides everyone in our community the opportunity to make a donation and know that it will be combined with hundreds of others and dispersed to approximately 50 carefully vetted local agencies, mostly in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. There are two important reasons why giving to the Holiday Fund uniquely leverages your donation: First, every dollar raised is given away (in the form of grants to nonprofits that apply,) and the Weekly and Silicon Valley Community Foundation underwrite all the expenses. So none of your money goes to cover administrative costs. And second, thanks to the support of the Packard, Hewlett, Arrillaga, and Peery foundations and a Palo Alto family that wishes to remain anonymous, any donation you make is doubled in size. So if you give $100, the Holiday Fund is able to grant $200 to a worthwhile program serving children and families in our area. The list of organizations the Holiday Fund supported this last year are listed in the ad on page 8, but they include groups in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto that are providing counseling, tutoring, mentoring, reading programs, environmental education, health services, child care, food, shelter, music, art and science curriculum, and much more. We have a deep commitment to community service and to supporting the work of nonprofits that are working hard to support those who need it, and we hope you will join us in this cause. Whether you give $25 or $25,000, it is a powerful statement when hundreds of local people unite around a common philanthropic objective and combine their giving to raise $350,000 or more to give back to the community. Giving is easy, and it’s fully tax-deductible. Either go online to or use the coupon below. Along with the thousands of kids and families that ultimately benefit from your gift, we are grateful for your help. Enclosed is a donation of $_______________ Name _______________________________________________________ Business Name _______________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________ City/State/Zip ________________________________________________ E-Mail _______________________________________________________ Phone _______________________________________________________ Credit Card (MC, VISA, or AMEX) _______________________________________ Expires _______/_______ Signature ____________________________________________________ I wish to designate my contribution as follows: (select one)

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Spectrum Editorials, letters and opinions

Growth — not more cars Editor, As you consider the future of Palo Alto, please consider that growth and development does not necessarily mean more cars. Personally I welcome more residents, more businesses and more employees, as long as they don’t have to bring their cars with them wherever they go. Growth is a fact of life, but the only way that more people, ideas, economic activity and culture can fit into Palo Alto is if we do not dedicate any more space to automobiles. I sincerely hope that Palo Alto doesn’t plan its future around the automobile before people realize that bicycling, walking and transit are the more fun, healthy and efficient ways to get around. I moved to Palo Alto from Los Angeles 25 years ago, and we need to look no further than L.A. to see what happens when the car is at the center of all city planning. Elaine Haight Cowper Street, Palo Alto

plan on page 10 of the Palo Alto Weekly (12/06/2013) depicts the multi-storied buildings purposely obscured by a dense and aged forest inviting readers to fall deeply in love with the project. I suspect the artist who started with the rendering of the building was quickly required to add this imaginary flora. The Arrillaga project rendering for 27 University Ave. that was published not long ago in two local papers depicts a massive open foreground with folks strolling among the trees. Deep in the background the tops of two misty monoliths fill the skies with their dream-like presence. Inspiring. Problem is: Our local press publishes these disingenuous renderings and inadvertently perpetuates the attempted deception. They can do better. To our developers: Please be advised that your artful ploys do not help your case. It does quite the opposite, I’d say. Ron Albrecht Loma Verde Avenue, Palo Alto

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False parking promises

Editor, It’s too early for an April’s Fool joke. At the Dec. 9 City Council meeting, item #10, “Community Conversation,” included data that showed traffic volumes decreasing since 1999. Our population and jobs have increased, so shouldn’t traffic increase? And our City Council members complain that traffic is getting worse not better. Living in south Palo Alto, I would definitely agree with my representatives on this one. Traffic is so bad that during commute hours, commuting on a bike or the train is significantly faster than a car. If traffic is slower, traffic volumes will decrease. So why are we measuring traffic in terms of numbers of cars? We have incorporated several factors to slow or calm traffic such as more traffic lights, construction and traffic-calming efforts such as single lanes and speed humps. Slowing traffic down to the speed limit is a good idea. Slowing traffic below the speed limit is not a good idea. As our traffic slows to a crawl, our traffic volumes will continue to fall. We need a better method to assess traffic rather than traffic volumes. Clearly this is not working. Karen Sundback Ben Lomond Drive, Palo Alto

Editor, I bet the City staff report doesn’t say anything about the false promise made a decade ago that property owners would provide parking at a ratio of one parking space for every 250 square feet (1:250) of

Artful ploys don’t help Editor, Local developers like Jay Paul and John Arrillaga provide our local press with architectural “renderings” that visually downplay the massiveness of their proposed developments. The photo of a DES Architects

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non-residential buildings, starting with the 2004 assessment district structures. In fact they are given credit for that parking but have only provided a 1:2500 ration of parking to floor area. And they are assessed less than 10 cents per square foot per month against $6- and $7-per month rents. Oh, and yes, they pass that onto the tenants and charge employees for the few spaces available. Now they want to charge employees, and residents, to park in the residential neighborhoods under their ideas for a unique Palo Alto “WPPP” — a workers permit parking program — in the residential neighborhoods. No, the developers have no influence over the City Council and staff — snicker. Ken Alsman Sharon Road, Menlo Park

",, /" In the Dec. 6 edition, the last line of a letter from Palo Alto Board of Education Vice President Barb Mitchell about the district’s bullying policies was published incorrectly. It should have read: “I’m writing as an individual, and not on behalf of my school board colleagues.” The Weekly regrets the error. To request a correction, contact Editor Jocelyn Dong at 650-223-6514, jdong@ or P.O. Box 1610, Palo Alto, CA 94302.

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On Deadline Is there a ‘simple solution’ to parking overflow from commercial areas? by Jay Thorwaldson pposition has surfaced to a Residential Parking Permit (RPP) program for Palo Alto neighborhoods hit by overflow parking from commercial areas, scheduled to be considered by the City Council Monday night. Two brothers — longtime Palo Alto residents and owners of a family propertymanagement business — launched a website ( comparison/) Dec. 6 that claims the RPP program will do more harm than good. They warn it will affect neighborhoods well beyond the existing impact zones from overflow parking. And they note many residents of outlying areas have no idea they will need to pay for a permit to park on their street, citing staff-level talk about making the RPP program citywide in terms of impacted areas. The brothers are Simon and Ben Cintz, whose family has lived or owned property near downtown Palo Alto since 1952. The family also operated a small business along Alma Street for years. They acknowledge the parking-overflow problem exists and impacts residents, but feel the permit plan goes too far, costs too much and will harm employees and businesses. “There are legitimate issues. We don’t want to discount the situation with the residents,” Simon emphasized. The website even includes “a photo gallery of bad parking.”


“What we’re trying to say is that this area needs to be shared parking,” as it has been for more than a half century. Simon recalled that when working summers in the family store “the parking was for the customers” and employees — including himself — parked in nearby residential areas. “So it’s not a new thing. It definitely has gotten worse. I don’t want to imply that the situation is not bad. What we see is that the RPP will definitely clear the streets. It’s just that it will also impact businesses and employees in a very negative way, and we feel that there’s a better way to approach it.” The brothers noted that both the Chamber of Commerce and downtown businesses have asked the city to delay considering the RPP until January, after the holiday shopping season, rather than 10 days before Christmas. The website pushes an alternative program, with its own initials: “The Simple Parking Solution” (TSPS). The solution is, well, simple: Using paint, just reduce the number of parking spaces on impacted residential streets by making curbside spaces larger, eliminating jammed-up parking. Simon created and launched the website last Friday after garnering feedback from friends and business owners. On Saturday he went door-to-door in a combination information-sharing and survey in a neighborhood outside the impacted zone. Of the 12 to 15 homes he visited, only one resident was aware the neighborhood could be included in the RPP. “There’s a reason for a lack of knowledge there. The city sends out these little public notices (about a meeting) on ‘downtown parking considerations.’ If you live in that

neighborhood you don’t have any ‘downtown parking considerations’ so why would you come to the meeting?” So despite two public meetings in late September, “There are a lot of people who haven’t had a chance to speak up,” Simon said. The RPP needs to extend beyond currently impacted areas, even for a test, because with a small area nonresidents would simply park outside the test area. So the area needs to be large enough to discourage that. The protest against the RPP and for the alternative plan has already garnered significant support, with more than two dozen supporters, including Whole Foods Market, Watercourse Way and Gordon Biersch, among others. They also include Barron Park Shell, a dentist, and, of course, Cintz Commercial Properties. The website poses “unanswered questions” about the RPP, including where displaced employees will park, how many employees will be displaced, and how much the program will cost to implement and enforce. There is also a question of safety for employees who would need to walk longer distances, especially during winter months, the website states. The brothers say the proposed RPP program could impact up to 100 blocks, while their “simple” program of repainting spaces would impact mainly those areas already hit hard by parking overflow, with some expansion because a number of employees would be forced to park elsewhere due to the larger parking spaces — reduced from about 15 to 12 spaces per block. Dena Mossar, a former mayor and City Council member and a resident of the South of Forest Avenue area where the Cintz

brothers were raised and own property, also has gotten involved — but not as a combatant, so to speak. “I don’t think of myself as part of the group, but I’ve spent quite a bit of time with Simon, who asked me for advice. “I said I thought his alternate plan has problems but the RPP also has problems. And I said he should focus on working with downtown businesses” to get them informed and involved. The RPP, she said, would have the most impact on those with a minimum or very low wage. She said she feels the city is “hell-bent to install the RPP, and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. But in my heart I say this is going to hurt some people and the people it’s going to hurt have not been involved in the process,” whether businesses or individuals. She feels that “Palo Alto for whatever reason got starry-eyed about luring more tech jobs into Palo Alto, and particularly into downtown Palo Alto, where we just don’t have the infrastructure. ... There has been too much office development and too little (parking space) supply, and there are people whose lives are compromised by all this. Meanwhile, a “parking deficit” exists of between a staff estimate of 1,000 spaces to more than 2,500. “Whatever it is, it’s a very big number,” Mossar observes. Then she adds, as many others have said in past years and decades: “I don’t begin to know the answer. It’s a very complicated problem.” N Former Weekly Editor Jay Thorwaldson can be emailed at with a copy to He also writes blogs at (below Town Square).


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Peninsula Christmas Services Holiday Services at Stanford Memorial Church ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH PALO ALTO CHRISTMAS EVE V4:00 pm Children’s Christmas Pageant & Communion V10:00 pm Festive Choral Christmas Eve Holy Communion beginning with Carols

CHRISTMAS DAY V10:00 am Holy Communion with Carols 600 Colorado Ave, Palo Alto (650) 326-3800

Sunday, December 22, 2013 10:00 am University Public Worship 4:30 pm Catholic Mass Tuesday, December 24, 2013 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family service (Doors open at 3:15 pm) Please bring new, unwrapped toys which will be given to needy children. The 4:00 pm service will be broadcast live on KZSU 90.1 FM and 8:00 pm Christmas Eve Festival Communion service (Doors open at 7:15 pm) Please note: Please arrive early for Christmas Eve services. Attendees must arrive together with their group. Saving seats will not be allowed.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013 12:00 am Catholic Christmas Eve Midnight Mass 12:00 pm Catholic Christmas Day Mass More info:

Memorial Church, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305, (650)723-1762

Celebrate Christmas With Us! Wherever you are in your journey, whether church is familiar or not, we welcome you to join us for one of our Christmas services. Whether you prefer a simpler children’s service or a more traditional one with the Church Choir, infused with a sense of the sacred that fills Christmas Eve night, we invite you.

Christmas Eve (All services will be about an hour) 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

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Share the Joy All Saints’ Episcopal Church 555 Waverley Street, Palo Alto Sundays 8am & 10am


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10:30 a.m. Worship Magnificat in D - Johann S. Bach Choir Cantata with Brass and Strings 4:00 p.m. Chamber Concert Series Music of the Season Harpers Hall Harp Ensemble 10:30 a.m. Worship The Little Drummer Boy Children’s Pageant 7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Lessons and Carols Rev. Dr. Margaret Boles Covenant Presbyterian Church, 670 E. Meadow Dr., Palo Alto 94306 (650) 494-1760

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St. Bede’s Episcopal Church 2650 Sand Hill Rd (at Monte Rosa), Menlo Park 650-854-6555

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish, Palo Alto Our Lady of the Rosary, 3233 Cowper Street St. Albert the Great, 1095 Channing Avenue St. Thomas Aquinas, 751 Waverley Street

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Christmas Bird Count a ‘hoot’ for birders Audubon Society’s

annual tradition takes stock of the state of the birds, with some rare local finds






by Sue Dremann arth Harwood is on the prowl. He rises at 1 a.m. and pokes about fields and forests until dawn. Often hidden in the dark night and fog, the quarry he seeks is secretive. But he hears them. Out of the darkness, a slim shadow might fly over the field. It is silent, watchful, as much the stalker as the stalked. “This business of owling is done more by ear than by eye. Each species has a distinctive voice. The Western screech owl is a misnomer. It doesn’t screech. It has more of a soft whoo whoo whoohoohoohoo hoo, and it can bark like a dog,” said Harwood, the director of education at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. A self-described owl enthusiast, Harwood is one of thousands of people who will flock to field,


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woods and wetlands Dec. 16 in an annual tradition, the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. Birders brave the sleet, snow, rain and cold to tally birds. The count helps identify trends among the flighty species, so that scientists and ecologists can better understand the state of bird populations and how habitats need to be protected or restored to help species thrive — or even survive. A 15-mile-diameter Palo Alto “count circle” covers land from roughly Cañada College in the

northwest to the ponds in Sunnyvale to the southeast, from Ravenswood Point near Dumbarton Bridge in the north to Upper Stevens Creek County Park in the south. The circle is divided into eight separate regions in which birders do their scoping and tallying. The Christmas Bird Count is in its 114th year. It was born out of a very different American tradition, according to the National

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Birders who tally species in the Christmas Bird Count’s Palo Alto circle, which stretches from Cañada College to Sunnyvale, are assigned to eight separate regions. In each region, birders find different species, including: 1. Green-winged teal; 2. Marbled Godwit; 3. Goldencrowned sparrow; 4. Cedar waxwing; 5. California quail; 6. White-tailed kite; 7. Green heron; 8. American kestrel. part of the century pushing to ban hunting and other activities harmful to animals in its open spaces. On Christmas Day, 1900, ornithologist Frank Chapman, an Audubon Society officer, proposed a new holiday tradition, a “Christmas bird census” that would count birds instead of bag-

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How to participate in a bird count Winter offers various opportunities to get involved, even from the backyard

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Logan Rosenberg, left, and Garth Harwood, of the nonprofit Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills, look for birds at the farm in early December.

County Chase A half-day event on Jan. 4 at 7:30 a.m. to track down some of the unusual birds seen during the Christmas Bird Count in Santa Clara County. Rain cancels the event. Contact Bob Reiling, leader, 408-253-7527.

Western bluebirds can be spotted in the Palo Alto foothills. portend a trend, and the counts help land managers understand the condition of their habitats from a bird’s-eye view. “In 1967-68, the first Nuttall’s woodpecker was found at Foothill College. They were found earlier in the Mt. Hamilton range but not here. Now they are common,” said author Ruth Troeschler, who has a master’s degree in biological science. She has been part of the bird count since 1967. The presence of certain bird species in the Bay Area has changed in part because of shifts in the environment. “Robins were only found in the Sierras in the summer. But as people planted lawns, they stayed here. They like grassy meadows,” Troeschler said. As people have planted conifers in the flatlands, birds that enjoy high perches have made their homes here. “There didn’t used to be conifers here. That’s why El Palo Alto is so noteworthy,” she said. The count also keeps track of declining species. In the 1980s, the Christmas bird count found a decline in the American black ducks

Great Backyard Bird Count This annual event, from Feb. 14-17, 2014, engages bird watchers of all ages. The count is a joint project of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Audubon and Bird Studies Canada. It takes as little as 15 minutes, or birders can count for as long as they want. www.birdsource. org/gbbc. Project FeederWatch A winterlong survey of birds that visit backyard feeders, nature centers and community areas. FeederWatch participants periodically count the birds they see in their feeders from November through early April. The count is a joint project of The Cornell Lab of Orni-


American avocets often flock together.

that wintered locally. Conservation efforts were put in place to reduce hunting of the species, according to the Audubon Society. In 2007, bird-count information showed that some of the country’s best loved birds have taken a nosedive in the past 40 years. Locally, the burrowing owl used to be found all throughout the flatlands around the San Francisco Bay and to the south in the 1960s, but now it only lives around the edge of the bay and in a few other places, Troeschler said. In some cities, such as Mountain View, open areas such as golf courses and landfills are now being managed to support burrowing owl habitats. But a more obvious example of how environmental change can help or hinder new species is present in most Bay Area neighborhoods. Looking out her window, Troeschler watched the crows come



irds are an attractive hobby, said Mike Rogers, who has been birding for 30 years. He takes part not only in the Palo Alto circle count, but in others in Santa Clara County, including in San Jose and Mt. Hamilton. The counting circles are organized so they don’t overlap. “It’s a neat hobby. You can do it anywhere, and it doesn’t cost a lot of money,” he said. He paused, revising that last statement. People start out with a pair of binoculars, but they often graduate to bigger and more powerful spotting scopes and cameras. “You get bitten by the bug,” he said. Photographer Tom Grey, whose bird photos are featured in this article, is a retired Stanford University law professor. Birding has become a bigger and bigger passion, and over time he has bought increasingly sophisticated and costly equipment, he said. Grey has photographed 491 species in North America and 144 elsewhere. It’s not just the thrill of the hunt, birders said. Discovering new species in an area can sometimes

Christmas Bird Count National Audubon Society event has local bird count in a variety of habitats from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean. This year’s Palo Alto count is Dec. 16 and is sponsored by the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, which also has a yearly summer count. www.scvas. org/index.php, 408-252-3747.


ging them. During the first count, 27 participants found about 18,500 individual birds and 89 species in 25 locales from New Brunswick, Canada, to Louisiana. Birders in Pacific Grove, Calif., were the state’s only participants that first year, according to Audubon. Last year, more than 71,500 participants throughout the Western Hemisphere counted more than 64 million birds and tallied 2,296 species in the annual count.

he Christmas Bird Count, and bird counts throughout the winter, are becoming increasingly popular ways to find color in the cold and spare winter landscape. The National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count is perhaps the best known, but there are also other ways to get involved. Even the armchair birder can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count or Project FeederWatch. Here are links to local events:

Lesser goldfinches feast at a bird-seed feeder at the nonprofit Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. thology and Bird Studies Canada. Open to all ages and skill levels.

Bird organizations: Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society Founded in 1926, this local chapter of the Audubon Society has more than 3,000 members. It is one of the largest National Audubon Society chapters in California. The society offers seminars, bird hikes, habitat restoration and advocacy. Programs for adults and children. Its Burrowing Owl Protection campaign works with the City of Mountain View to increase the number of owls at

to eat the persimmons on a backyard tree. She always leaves some of the juicy orange fruit at the top for the birds, she said. Crows have become ubiquitous as more people — and landfills — have populated Silicon Valley, she added. Some municipal changes are helping the birds. Cities are planting more Chinese pistache trees as part of their urban landscaping. It turns out the berries are attractive to birds such as the Western bluebird and some eastern bird species, which last year stayed well into spring, she said. Troeschler has coordinated the urban bird count in Palo Alto’s Region 4, which runs from San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto to Sunnyvale and from U.S. Highway 101 to Junipero Serra Boulevard/Foothill Expressway. The birders can count and identify species in their own yards with a pair of binoculars.

Shoreline Park., 408-252-3747. South Bay Birders Unlimited Website of Stanford community birders and others with information about local bird data, bird counts, bird lists, songs, maps and local tides. Links to the Cornell Lab bird cam. birds/index.html Bird-call libraries Recordings of bird calls for listening enjoyment and bird identification.; N

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rying to note the number of birds in flight in an open field or marshland presents its own special concerns. Jack Cole, Palo Alto count-circle coordinator, said he tallies the number of birds in a 1-foot square and then multiplies that number by the estimated number of square feet of the flock. An exact number is a guess. Birds are transitory, and counters record the genus and species of birds, the direction they are flying, time of day, height of the tide, and any distinguishing characteristics of an individual bird that could help weed out double counts as the birds fly through other regions, he said. On the day of the count, Cole will arrive at Region 1, mostly a baylands region where elusive and endangered clapper rails hide in (continued on next page)

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the pickleweed. Cole looks for rare birds, noting “vagrants” that might have flown off-track during migration. “We count everything we hear

or see. This is such a big migratory area. Hundreds of thousands of birds winter here,” he said. Cole will arrive in the baylands at 8 a.m., one hour after the low tide, and he’ll stay throughout the day. Different species ebb

and flow with the tide. Sandpipers peck for invertebrates in mud flats; avocets wade in the lagoons for crustaceans and insects; and ducks glide across the deep, cold winter water. Secretive sparrows and rails emerge from the grasses and reeds during high tide, escaping the rising water. “When I first started birding, I could see a Western tanager,” he said, of the strikingly colorful yellow, black and white bird with a scarlet head. It has become rare over the years. He listens for the shrill call of cedar waxwings. “I hear them before I see them,” he said. Nearby, a graceful snowy egret stood on a single stilt-like leg in a pond near the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve in East Palo Alto on a sunny afternoon. Cole pointed to a row of electri-


Barn owls live on Stanford University lands.

cal high-voltage towers. “Peregrine falcons perch up there,” he said. The rarest bird he has seen during the count was an eastern sparrow, the Nelson’s sparrow, found at Dumbarton Point near the railroad trestle, he said. October came in like gangbusters, with nine new species sighted in Santa Clara County instead of the usual four or five, Bill Bousman noted in a blog through the South Bay Birders Unlimited. That could be promising news for birders during this year’s count. Rogers said the Christmas Bird Count offers new and seasoned birders a chance to see some rare species. He is the Region 2 coordinator, which encompasses the Palo Alto Baylands and Moffett Field in Mountain View. A bar-tailed godwit — a Siberian species that also breeds in western Alaska — was spotted this year for only the third time in Santa Clara County, he said. At the “countdown dinner” held at the end of the count day, people “ooh” and “aah” as the rare species found are announced, Rogers said. Birders will have another chance to glimpse the unusual species and add to their spotting lists during the Jan. 4 “County Chase.” The halfday event attempts to track down some of the unusual birds seen on the Christmas Bird Count. But there are always species


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A Nuttall’s woodpecker looks for a bite to eat. that elude the counters, regardless of how carefully they look, Rogers said. “There is one that still stings. At San Francisquito Creek near Highway 101, there was a Cape May warbler near a eucalyptus tree. It was found three weeks after the count. Undoubtedly, it was probably present at that time, but it was missed,” he said. N Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be emailed at sdremann@ About the cover: Mike Rogers looks for birds at the Palo Alto Baylands; photo by Veronica Weber. Bird photos courtesy of Tom Grey.







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ale may be trendy, but is it festive? Ja. Many Danes eat kale on New Year’s because the leaves look like folded currency and might bring economic fortune. Cabbage and collard greens are popular for the same reason, especially in the American South. Other folks eat beans on New Year’s Eve (the little round guys look like coins). Here on the Midpeninsula, there will be grilled quail. And bison with squash, and chicken with waffles. These dishes may not be symbolic, but they might be tasty. Either way, they’re among the New Year’s Eve specials at local restaurants. While the Palo Alto area isn’t the big city for midnight partying, there are meals and events planned. Here’s a sampling.

Restaurants with special New Year’s Eve meals include: Palo Alto Grill is dishing up à la carte plates including crispy chicken breast and waffle, squash-and-vegetable pot pie and a “Snowfall” beet

salad (goat cheese provides the precipitation). Live music and a midnight Champagne toast top off the evening. The restaurant is at 140 University Ave. Go to or call 650-3213514. At the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, the Madera restaurant is planning two dinner seatings. The first (starts at 5:30-6:30 p.m., $105 for adults, $50 for children) offers a three-course prix fixe menu including cured Arctic char and Dover sole. More elaborate is the second (8-9:30 p.m., $205 for adults and $100 for children). The five-course menu includes poached lobster, grilled quail and cinnamon-spiced cake, with a toast. Madera is at 2825 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park; go to or call 650561-1540. Unsurprisingly, The Sea by Alexander’s Steakhouse has a menu swimming with seafood. The $185 six-course tasting menu features scallops with sake-glaze fregula and lobster with caviar, beets, wasabi and tarragon. For landlubbers, there’s bison. The restaurant is at 4269 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Go to theseausa. com or call 650-213-1111.

The Left Bank NYE fete at 635 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park features a $64.50 four-course menu with herb-roasted beef sirloin medallions and salmon roulade. Party favors and a toast, too. Go to or call 650-473-6543. At LB Steak, the $71.50 fourcourse meal includes carnaroli risotto with Perigord truffle and beef Wellington, along with a toast and favors. The restaurant is at 898 Santa Cruz Ave. in Menlo Park. Go to or call 650-321-8980. In Mountain View, Morocco’s Restaurant has a five-course meal ($60) commencing with a spinach fruit & nut salad with honey-pomegranate vinaigrette. Live jazz and belly dancing are also on the menu. Morocco’s is at 873 Castro St. Go to or call 650-968-1502. In East Palo Alto, Quattro at the Four Seasons is planning two seatings (6 p.m. $90, 9 p.m. $119), with the latter including an afterparty and midnight toast. The hotel is at 2050 University Ave. Go to or call 650-470-2889.

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Other local New Year’s events include: For seniors, the annual City of Palo Alto New Year’s Eve Day Bash is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31, with a buffet lunch, raffle, toast and ballroom dancing. The venue is the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center at 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Admission is $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Go to or call 650387-7048. In downtown Redwood City, the Fox Theatre (at 2215 Broadway) and its sister venue Club Fox (at 2209 Broadway) have musical nights planned for NYE. The Fox evening starts at 8:30 p.m., featuring DJ Dinero and two sets by pop-soul band Pride & Joy, with a midnight balloon drop. General admission is $40; access to the “VIP Lounge” brings a ticket to $50. At Club Fox, the night starts at 8 p.m. with the rock tribute band RockSkool playing tunes from the ‘70s through the ‘90s. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. Go to or, or call 650-369-7770 or 877-4359849.

Also downtown, Angelica’s at 863 Main St. in Redwood City is throwing a dinner and dance party featuring blues, funk and jazz singer Paula Harris along with Beast & Blues and The Big Ass Band. The dinner show starts at 9:30 p.m.; individual table seating is $40-$60. Go to angelicasllc. com or call 650-679-8184. Enthusiasts of English country dance can ring in 2014 with the New Year’s Eve Contra Dance. The Contra Bandits provide the live music, and participants bring a potluck to the party, which goes from 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto at 625 Hamilton Ave. Admission is $20 general, $16 for members and $10 for students. Go to On New Year’s Day, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra plays its annual free concert at the First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto at 625 Hamilton Ave. The 3 p.m. performance features Giovanni Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2 in B minor and Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu and bass player Jared Pabilona will be featured. Go to N

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‘Little Women’ features a superb ensemble and an inspirational message


by Jeanie K. Smith


heatreWorks has done it again. With a superb ensemble, beautiful production values, and a warm, inspirational message fitting the season, “Little Women� will capture your heart and fill it with joy. The book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein do a great job of capturing the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott, and the songs truly underscore the emotions and thoughts of the characters. It’s a charming musical, and TheatreWorks gives it first-class treatment. Alcott’s fictional family of Marmee (Elizabeth Ward Land) and her four daughters struggles to maintain hope and positive spirits while father serves as a chaplain for Union forces during the U.S. Civil War. Rural Concord, Mass., provides a genial backdrop for the young girls’ antics as they play together, argue, learn and grow. Our storyteller is Jo (Emily Koch), the tomboy of the group. An ambitious writer, she loves to write “blood and guts� stories for the girls to melodramatically act out, playing roles matching their personalities: Meg (Sharon Rietkerk), the oldest, shy and pretty; Beth (Julia Belanoff), sweet, kind and supportive; and Amy (Palo Alto High School graduate Arielle Fishman), the youngest, with social ambitions of her own. Amy is aided by Aunt March (Elizabeth Palmer), a bastion of society who tries in vain to convert Jo and then shifts her focus to willing and pliable Amy. When the curmudgeonly Mr. Laurence (Richard Farrell) across the street takes in his orphaned

/ / ,ĂŠ, 6 7 grandson, Laurie (Matt Dengler), the girls acquire a brother/friend, and potential mate. Meg finds her mate in Laurie’s tutor, John Brooke (Justin Buchs), but Jo’s sights are fixed on fame instead of marriage, and that takes her to a New York boarding house and an unlikely friendship with Professor Bhaer (Christopher Vettel). That’s actually where the musical begins, mid-point in Jo’s pursuit of publication, cleverly establishing her ambition and bold personality. Jo’s experiences and discoveries make for a wonderful coming-ofage story, revealing Alcott’s priorities of love, family and meaningful endeavors. There’s plenty about the wrong-headed values of so-called polite society and how it hinders the true passion of young women like Jo, those who might not “fit inâ€? but who are destined for great achievement. But that’s balanced by big doses of familial and romantic love, and the value of loyalty. It puts the warmth in an inspiring and touching tale of following one’s heart. The ensemble for this show is practically perfect, all well cast and possessing excellent acting and vocal skills. Koch is brilliant as Jo, with a fine, strong voice and the requisite feistiness and fun. She lights up the stage with passion, yet is equally adept at delivering Jo’s underlying vulnerability and sensitivity. The vocal blend with her sisters or in her duets with Dengler or Vettel is terrific, and she also shines in her solos.

She’s well-matched by Fishman, Rietkerk, Belanoff and Land: not a weak link among them. Whether in solos, duets or ensemble numbers, the group sounds fantastic, and dances it up with verve and boundless energy. Add Dengler in the mix and it’s sheer delight. Land has a couple of solos to show off her rich mezzo, Buchs and Palmer get their turns, and Vettel reveals vocal chops with his solo. Joe Ragey has surpassed himself with the gorgeous set, designed for easy and fast scene changes; the airy openness and vast backdrop aid in the mood and memory of the piece. Superb lighting by Steven B. Mannshardt and colorful period costumes by Fumiko Bielefeldt create a lovely nostalgic feel, making a lovely picture postcard from America’s past. Director Robert Kelley brings it all together with lively staging, and gets the heart right. You will laugh, you might shed a tear, but you’ll leave with that supremely satisfying feeling after a terrific evening’s entertainment. This is live theater at its finest: a tremendous gift for us this holiday season. N

Info: “Little Women� runs through Jan. 4 at the Lucie Stern Theatre, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19$73. Go to or call 650-463-1960.

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alo Alto’s Michelle Tam — a lifelong food lover who has been known to prioritize culinary experiences over viewing world-renowned art while traveling — and her husband Henry Fong have discovered that eating paleo food tastes delicious. And they can prove it. Tam and Fong created a popular blog called “Nom Nom Paleo” that is award-winning and popular, to the tune of over a million views per month. They are also behind a successful iPad cooking app by the same name. Tam and Fong will release a cookbook, “Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans,” on Dec. 17. The Paleo diet takes its name from the Paleolithic era, before the advent of agriculture, and models itself on the idea that modern humans will be healthier by emulating the eating habits of

their hunter-gatherer ancestors. For Tam and Fong, it’s not just a diet, it’s a lifestyle. Living paleo means eating whole foods, which are unprocessed and as nutrientdense as possible, Tam said. Fong started eating paleo first, and Tam and their two children soon followed. “For us, we are the middleaged mommies and daddies, and we woke up one day and said, ‘Where did this muffin-top come from?’” Tam said. “Everything we thought was right (about our diet) led us to where we were,” she said. “When I tried eating paleo, I noticed a stark difference in how I felt in terms of energy levels and mood. And my muffin-top went away!” Before Tam started eating paleo, she said, she didn’t often cook at home for herself or family. Her mother is an “awesome cook”

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while preparing food, she reads them in advance to get ideas on how other cooks put together various tastes, and then comes up with her own plan, Fong said. Tam started the Nom Nom Paleo website three years ago, to share her recipes in a format that she herself would want to read. “I’ve always loved reading food blogs, but I never thought I had anything new or different (to write about),” she said. “When I went paleo, there were just a few paleo food blogs, but I didn’t think there was one that fit what I was looking for.” In three years, the website has won multiple awards. Tam said her most cherished award is from Saveur magazine, because it is a prestigious food-blogging award. “And she got an engraved (meat) cleaver out of it,” Fong added. Tam and Fong said the idea for the iPad cooking app came to the couple after Fong read an article about cookbooks of the future. “We were cooking with our tab-

RECIPE Slow Cooker Kalua Pig Serves eight. Ingredients: 3 slices bacon 5-pound Boston butt roast (either bone-in or -out) 5 peeled garlic cloves 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse sea salt Directions: Line a six-quart slow cooker with three slices of bacon. Blot the pork roast dry with paper towels and poke five evenly spaced slits in the pork with the tip of a paring knife. Tuck a clove of garlic in each slit. Sprinkle the salt all over the surface of the roast, massaging it into every nook and cranny. Place the pork roast on top of the bacon in the slow cooker, put on the lid and cook the roast on low for 16 hours. When the pork is finished cooking, transfer it to a large bowl. Shred the meat with two forks and adjust the seasoning with the braising liquid.

Eating Out choose dishes that they themselves want to eat, rather than trying to please readers, Tam said. The cookbook contains some recipes already published on the blog and in the app, but about half are new. While Tam creates and writes up the paleo recipes, Fong is primarily responsible for photographs, cartoons, layout and graphic design. Tam said the cookbook also includes advice for cooking tasty paleo foods, such as a list of 20 cooking tips and ways to boost umami – the “savory” taste – in your food. The book is also perHusband-and-wife team Henry Fong and Michelle Tam in their Palo Alto sonal, “almost our kitchen. family scrapbook,” she let,” Fong said, “and we live in Tam and Fong said they were said. “It’s the way we like to eat; Silicon Valley.” not thinking about doing a cook- it’s our attitude towards food. We Fong added that he and Tam book until Andrews McMeel have a fun approach to food, and thought an iPad cooking app Publishing, headquartered in we want it to be delicious.” would be something different Kansas City, Mo., and famous for Both Tam and Fong said that in a crowded cookbook market. publishing cartoons such as Cal- taste is paramount in the reciThey partnered with Y Media vin and Hobbes as well as cook- pes they publish: “It comes from Labs, an application-develop- books, pitched the idea to them. Michelle saying ‘I’m a foodie ment company in Redwood City, The website, app and cook- first and a paleo eater second,’” for creation of the app. Recent book are all collaborative ef- Fong said. sales figures state that some forts, Tam and Fong said, and “And in the name, ‘nom nom’ 70,000 people have bought the the content of all three reflects comes first, before ‘paleo,’” Tam Nom Nom Paleo iPad app. what is important to them. They added. N


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ALMA VILLAGE ON TRACK .... Although Palo Alto’s Alma Village center had a rocky start last April when anchor tenant Miki’s Market went out of business after six months, the development at 3445 Alma St. is now back on track. Its new tenant, Berkeley-based discount grocer Grocery Outlet, is expected to open its doors in the old Miki’s space in the spring. The company is waiting for a final nod from the city in the form of a design review, which spokeswoman Melissa Porter said she expects to come through on Dec. 16. “We’re very excited about this. We believe Palo Alto could use a great discounter. And I think people will be surprised at the quality of our products,” she said. Also painting a rosy picture for Alma Village is the news that all 37 homes built on the property have now been purchased, developer John McNellis said. In addition, the 14 below-market-rate housing units for low-income families are all occupied. Those units, mostly one-bedrooms, are on the second floor of the grocery building on Alma Street. But even though all 51 dwellings are now spoken for, Alma Village remains eerily quiet and the parking lot is wide open between the vacant grocer and the 37 homes. “We’ve only met four of our neighbors and

we have lived here for a year,” said Kasha Flojo, who moved into one of the corner BMR units with her sister and mother. “It’s a little like a ghost town around here.” Flojo is looking forward to having Grocery Outlet as her downstairs market. “I never shopped at Miki’s. Too expensive. But I’ll definitely go to Grocery Outlet,” she said. DELFINA DELAYED ... It will be about two more months before the opening of Pizzeria Delfina at 651 Emerson St. in Palo Alto. Owner Craig Stoll originally anticipated a grand opening in the fall, but “We’re now on track for a mid-February opening in Palo Alto,” said Delfina spokesperson Ashley Bellview. The restaurant, which has been a mainstay in San Francisco’s Mission District for 15 years, has taken over and gutted the former Empire Tap Room. When completed, it will seat a total of 100 customers, 62 on the side patio. Delfina is also busy building in downtown Burlingame, ready to open its pizza restaurant there later this month, Bellview said.

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(Century 16, Century 20) Director Peter Jackson’s grandiose vision of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth reaches a crescendo with this thrilling second installment in “The Hobbit” trilogy. “Smaug” ignites the excitement missing from Jackson’s sluggish first “Hobbit” flick, and the stunning visuals — cinematography, costuming, set design, effects — set it apart as one of the most impressive fantasy films ever made. Jackson does Tolkien proud in bringing some of the author’s most memorable scenes to life, including a sticky encounter with a horde of hungry spiders and a parade of dwarves literally barreling down a white-water river. Several new characters and one familiar elf energize the action that seemed all-toofleeting in “An Unexpected Party.” When viewers last saw hobbit burglar Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, wonderful) and his dwarf companions, they were headed for the Lonely Mountain to reclaim the dwarf kingdom from the murderous dragon Smaug. Led by dwarf king Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and guided by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the dwarves are a rag-tag lot that includes father-figure Balin (Ken Stott), robust Bombur (Stephen Hunter) and brothers Fili (Dean O’Gorman) and Kili (Aidan Turner), among others. As the group’s journey continues, the obstacles mount. A trek through the befuddling forest of Mirkwood leads to a clash with the aforementioned arachnids and, later, capture by an army of woodland elves. Among the elvish hosts are Legolas (Orlando Bloom, reprising his role from “Lord of the Rings”) and feisty she-elf Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly of TV’s “Lost”). A clever escape and surprise orc attack lead to a reluctant alliance between the elves and dwarves, and soon the party is well on its way to the small vil-

lage of Laketown en route to the Lonely Mountain. Another ally arrives in Laketown man Bard (Luke Evans), who helps the company finally reach the Lonely Mountain, where a confrontation with Smaug awaits. Freeman again proves a stellar casting choice as Bilbo Baggins, lending the picture the innocence and humor it needs. Stott brings a certain emotional sincerity to his portrayal of Balin, overshadowing the other dwarves. Lilly also shines as Tauriel, especially in the fastmoving battle scenes, though she has little chemistry with Bloom. And while Bloom’s Legolas is a welcome addition, the actor plays it angry this goround, shedding the charm that made the character so likable in the first place. Visually, “Smaug” is simply outstanding, from the orcs to the landscape to Smaug himself. The greedy dragon from Tolkien’s tale does not disappoint, especially as voiced by rising star Benedict Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”). Some moments could be mistaken as having come from “Lord of the Rings” if taken out of context, such as orcs marching in the night or Gandalf offering words of wisdom. And, let’s face it, two hours and 40 minutes is still a long time to sit through a movie. The somewhat bloated runtime and mirror-image “Lord of the Rings” material notwithstanding, “Smaug” is a phenomenal cinematic feat. Jackson and his team deserve a wealth of credit for redeeming themselves after the disappointing first film, and doing so in a big way. Keep an ear out for Howard Shore’s excellent score and especially English singer Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire” during the closing credits. It has a nice ring to it. Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images. Two hours, 40 minutes. — Tyler Hanley

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The Met: Falstaff Century 20: Fri 9:55 a.m. Sat 9:55 a.m. Sun 9:55 a.m. Mon 9:55 a.m. Tue 9:55 a.m. Palo Alto Square: Sat 9:55 a.m. Wed 6:30 p.m.

Friday Only 12/6

The Book Thief – 7:00, 10:05 Nebraska – 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55

Saturday Only 12/7

The Book Thief – 4:00, 7:00, 10:05 Nebraska – 1:30, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 MET Opera Falstaff – 9:55 am

The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) (Not Rated) Stanford Theatre: 7:30 p.m. Sat-Sun also at 4:10 p.m.

Sunday through Tuesday & Thursday 12/15-17 & 12/19 The Book Thief – 1:00, 4:00, 7:00 Nebraska – 1:30, 4:30, 7:15

Blue is the Warmest Color (NC-17) (((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 2:15, 8:30 p.m.

Nebraska (R) ((( Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 1:50, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 1:30, 4:30, 7:15 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 9:55 p.m.

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Blue Jasmine (PG-13) ((( Century 16: Fri 5:10, 10:30 p.m. Sat-Sun also at 11:50 a.m.

Out of the Furnace (R) (( Century 16: 10:30 a.m. & 1:20, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55 p.m. Century 20: 10:50 a.m. & 1:40, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15 p.m.

The Book Thief (PG-13) (1/2

Philomena (PG-13) ((( Century 20: 11:40 a.m. & 2:10, 4:35, 7:05, 9:30 p.m. Guild Theatre: 2:30, 5:15, 8 p.m.

12 Years A Slave (R) (((1/2 Century 16: Fri 9:10 a.m. & 10:20 p.m. Sat-Sun 9:10 a.m. & 12:15, 3:45, 7:10, 10:20 p.m. Century 20: 1:10, 6:55 p.m. All Is Lost (PG-13) (((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 6 p.m. Fri & Sun also at 11:45 a.m. Century 16: Fri 9:10 a.m. & 7:55 p.m. Sat-Sun 9:10 a.m. & 2:30, 7:55 p.m. Century 20: 1:55, 7:30 p.m.

Century 20: 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 p.m. Palo Alto Square: 7 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 10:05 p.m. Sat also at 4 p.m. Sun also at 1 & 4 p.m. The Dallas Buyers Club (R) ((1/2 Century 16: Fri 7:45 p.m. Sat-Sun 2:20, 7:45 p.m. Century 20: 11:10 a.m. & 4:40, 10:20 p.m. Delivery Man (PG-13) ((1/2

Century 20: 11 a.m. & 4:05, 10:05 p.m. Stanford Theatre: 6:10, 9:20 p.m.

Duck Soup (1933) (Not Rated)

Ender’s Game (PG-13) Century 16: Fri 10:35 p.m. Sat-Sun 11:45 a.m. & 5:10, 10:35 p.m. Century 20: 10:30 a.m. & 4:10, 10 p.m. Frozen (PG) Century 16: 9:10 & 11:50 a.m. & 2:30, 5:15, 8, 10:40 p.m. In 3D 10:25 a.m. & 1:10, 3:50, 7, 9:40 p.m. Century 20: 1:25, 4:10, 7, 9:45 p.m. Fri & Sun also at 10:45 a.m. In 3D 11:55 a.m. & 2:40, 5:20, 8, 10:40 p.m. Gravity (PG-13) (((1/2 Century 16: 9:45 a.m. In 3D 12:35, 3, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15 p.m. Century 20: 1:40, 7:25 p.m. The Great Beauty (Not Rated) ((1/2 Aquarius Theatre: 11 a.m. & 2, 5, 8 p.m. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (PG-13) (((( Century 16: 12:30, 1:45, 4:15, 8, 9:15 p.m. Fri-Sat also at 11:45 p.m. In 3D 9:15, 10, 10:45 & 11:30 a.m. & 1, 2:30, 3:15, 4:45, 5:30, 6:15, 7, 8:30, 10, 10:45 p.m. FriSat also at 9:15 & 10 a.m. Century 20: 10 a.m. & 12:30, 1:30, 4, 5:05, 7:35, 8:40, 10:10 p.m. In 3D 11 & 11:30 a.m. & 1, 2:30, 3, 4:30, 6, 6:35, 8:05, 9:35 p.m. Homefront (R) (((

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ne of the eight gifts listed this year in the Neiman Marcus annual Fantasy Gifts catalog is called “Fancy Flying.” It details a falconry experience complete with “bespoke” accoutrements such as a 20-karat gold-plated perch. Fantasy? Not entirely. A Palo Alto couple created a similar, albeit lower-key, experience for themselves on a trip celebrating their daughter’s 40th birthday. Original, creative, high-end gifts are delighting many local residents. The falconry experience took place in the Cotswolds, where the family rented a home, complete with copper bathtub, and where a chef came one night to prepare a special English meal, with smashed peas, Yorkshire pudding and a sticky toffee pudding that the wife described as “to die for.” Some Internet research on TripAdvisor led them to West of England Falconry, near Bath, where falconer Jay Marshall gave the participants instructions. “We put on vests,” said the wife. “On our left hand we put on a thick glove

A glass dollhouse commissioned for a 40th wedding anniversary features four panels important to the couple, including Central Park (at left) and the family room (at right).

and were told to keep our right hand firmly over the right pocket” — in which they had the supply of baby chick gizzards. She then described how they were led into a field surrounded by a forest. With a piece of bait transferred to the left hand, arm outstretched, the “beautiful, beautiful birds swoop down at enormous speed” to take the bait. One bird perched on her

head for a bit. “A sort of falcon fascinator,” she said. “We were there for about two hours and I would do it again in a heartbeat.” Yet another avian-like experience was the birthday gift of fighter-jet lessons a Woodside woman gave to her husband. Her husband, although not a profes-

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sional pilot, was certified and was a member of the Swedish equivalent to our Special Forces. He has bona fides as an excellent skier, (helicopter skiing in Canada), competitive parachute jumping, horseback riding (fox hunting in Ireland). You get the picture. The wife said that she had

had the opportunity to ride in a fighter jet in New Zealand and was looking for a similar experience for her husband. “But I knew that he wouldn’t want to be taken for a ride. That’s not the way he’s wired. He would want to take the wheel.” Quite by chance, she met someone at a party who introduced her to Peter Zaccagnino, a certified instructor who



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Glass artist Emily Brock, who lives in New Mexico, was commissioned to create a glass dollhouse for an Atherton couple’s 40th anniversary. Brock used photographs to help get the details right, down to the color for the family-room sofa.

owns his own L-39 jet and who gives lessons in Heber, Utah. What started out as a gift of three lessons, at $2,500 each, has now blossomed into “at least 12 more, in which he has learned to take off, land and do all kinds of maneuvers,” she said. The couple, who decided years ago to give each other experiences rather than gifts, has also enjoyed white-water rafting down the Carnali River in Nepal and private polo lessons in Palm Springs. Nine months before their 40th wedding anniversary, an Atherton glass collector decided to commission a piece for his wife from the glass artist Emily Brock, whose miniatures the couple had long admired. “The theme was four decades, so I told her I wanted to represent four places we love,” said the husband. The result is a sort of four-roomed glass doll house. One “room” is a fall scene in Central Park in New York, another, the counter in the Paris restaurant L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, another, the couple’s family room (including the miniature glass collection) and, finally, their as yet unfinished dream house in Martha’s Vineyard. “Emily was very clever in her execution, right down to the lamb chops and cocktail my wife always orders,” he said. Since Emily Brock lives in New Mexico, the

piece was fabricated using photographs, either taken by the husband or found on the Internet. “The only thing she had some trouble with was the color of the family-room sofa,” said the husband. “I also asked the artist if she could somehow incorporate all the memories we have of these places, said the husband. The result is a memory drawer that pulls out from each section. Each drawer contains a piece of glass with an etched list. The piece cost $20,000. “It was shipped, intact,” said the husband. “Every time we look at it, we smile.” If your imagination needs a creative boost, there is always that Neiman Marcus catalog. “Ginger Reeder, vp of public relations in Dallas, works all year round selecting the Fantasy Gifts,” said Samantha Hartwell, manager of public relations in the Palo Alto store. The Fantasy Gifts are found in the Christmas Book 2013, called “The Heart of Giving.” The first catalog was published in 1926, and the Fantasy Gifts were introduced in 1959 by the Marcus Brothers as a publicity coup. The most expensive gift this year is “Roughing It” and includes not only a 25-karat rough Forevermark diamond, but also an edifying trip

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to the De Beers headquarters in London, and the opportunity to design your own piece of jewelry with a New Yorkbased jewelry designer. Price tag: $1.8 million. “The cars always sell out within the first 24 hours,� Hartwell said. This year, they are featuring a 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, one of only 10 in the world. “And the His and Hers are always popular,� she added. “In 1967 it was His and Hers camels.� This year each Neiman Marcus store will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Fantasy Gift purchase to the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, from which each store will in turn donate funds. The Palo Alto Neiman Marcus store selected Stanford LIVE, the production company behind the Bing Concert Hall, which provides musical experiences for K-12 in this community. As for next year, Hartwell says that Ginger Reeder is probably hard at work on that right now! N

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Nutcracker, Messiah, and more! Celebrate the holidays with some classical music, as PACO welcomes young singers from the Cantabile Youth Choir and young dancers from the PaciďŹ c Ballet Academy. A special appearance from PACO’s SuperStrings Orchestra will also be featured. Music of Tchaikovsky and Handel, of course, plus holiday and pops favorites to ring in the new year.


Every year Bruce Gee spends close to 120 hours designing, cutting, gluing and mailing out about 300 cards to family and friends.

Yes, Virginia, people are still sending holiday cards Some choose to showcase their creativity while sending season’s greetings by Kathy Cordova s a child, Palo Altan Sue Kemp remembers everybody sending cards during the holidays. Her family even had a tradition around it. “One of my jobs at Christmas time, besides polishing silver, was addressing Christmas card envelopes. We sat around the dining-room table and did them together. It was a family thing,� she said. These days Kemp is getting fewer cards than she used to and those she does receive are less personalized. “Communications have speeded up so fantastically, and people are busy,� she said. “Not many want to spend the necessary time to communicate personally with others since it is so easy to keep in touch with one another through social media.� In our hectic, high-tech, hyper-connected world, is mailing holiday greetings becoming a thing of the past? Do people still take the time to not only send physical cards in this digital age, but also to make them personal? The answer may be as surprising as the sound of reindeer on your roof on Christmas Eve. Yes, Virginia, people are still sending holiday cards. And while many select cards with generic messages, preprinted signatures and computer-generated address labels, others are taking extraordinary care to create unique cards for their friends and loved ones. For the past 25 years, Bruce Gee has been craft-


ing his own custom-designed cards, with photos and prose chronicling his life — from meeting his wife Jane to their marriage, the birth of their children and their family life in Palo Alto. He does it because it’s fun, creative and he wants to send something memorable. “I hope when you open our card, you don’t just look at it and throw it away. A lot of our friends keep our cards from every year,� he said. Gee got started with his tradition when he was late sending cards one year. “I thought it would be funny to do a ‘David Letterman Top Ten Reasons Why This Card is Late’ and make a card where you pulled down the tab to reveal each reason one by one,� he said. “When you got to the end, it said, ‘#1 I wanted to see if I would get a card from you first!’� Originally Gee thought he would save money making the cards himself instead of buying them, but as the cards have become more elaborate and he has become more invested in the hobby, this has proven not to be the case. Over the years he has spent both countless hours and dollars designing the cards, buying custom die-cut machines and other tools to produce these works of art. Among his collection are pop-up cards, cards with intricate cutouts shaped like carolers and nutcrackers, and origami that transform into houses or ornaments. And Gee isn’t the only one taking the time to make custom cards. Every year Paper Source in Town & Country Village in Palo Alto holds workshops for its customers who want to craft their own greetings. “People like to show that they’re creative. They like that sense of accomplishment,� said Evelyn Herrero, who has worked at Paper Source for the past two holiday seasons. Herrero, too, makes her own cards. “I do it be(continued on next page)



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cause I love doing art. It’s therapy. It’s relaxing and clears the mind,� she said. “People really love that they mean enough to you to make something so special for them.� Carol Goldfield of Palo Alto doesn’t handcraft her cards, but she does add a personal touch. She has been sending out Christmas cards since she was in college, but after her son was born, she began sending photo cards. “I usually write a one-line personal note in each card, and for friends I rarely see, I enclose a longer, personal, typed letter — not a form letter,� she said. “I probably get fewer cards now than in the past, but not considerably fewer. I definitely am receiving more e-cards. Social media has affected card sending because now we post so much of our news and photos on Facebook so that even far-away friends know what’s going on in our lives on a weekly basis.� Kitty Woo, co-owner of PaperWhirl on University Avenue in Palo Alto, has been in business for 32 years. She has noticed that people are sending fewer cards, although she still has regular customers who order personalized, custom cards, especially photo cards featuring children and pets. She sends annual holiday cards, but she prefers Chinese New Year or Valentine’s Day for the occasions of her greetings. Woo knows that people are sending more virtual greetings, but she doesn’t think printed cards will ever be completely replaced. “People still love receiving a card,� she said. “To get something in the mail is very different than getting something online.� Gee agrees. Even though he is getting more e-cards, he responds with a one-of-a-kind, hand-created greeting. He said, “It’s something we’re known for now and people look forward to. They’re always wondering, ‘What will the Gee family do next year?’� N Freelance writer Kathy Cordova can be emailed at

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Home Front MAKE A WREATH ... Christine Hopkins will show how to make permanent “Christmas Wreaths” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, 700 Alma St., Menlo Park. Cost is $39 for non-Menlo Park residents, $30 for residents, plus a $20 materials fee payable to the instructor. Information: 650-330-2200 or or email: COOKING CLASSES AS GIFTS? ... Looking for an inspired gift for the cook on your list? Perhaps one of the upcoming cooking classes through Palo Alto Adult School would fit the bill. In January, classes include an “Evening in Spain” (Yannette Fichou Edwards, Tuesday, Jan. 14); “Hearty Winter Vegan Soups” (James Holloway, Thursday, Jan. 16); “Valentines Day Menu for Your Sweetheart” (Yannette Fichou Edwards, Tuesday, Jan. 21); and Champion Chili (Cindy Roberts, Thursday, Jan. 23). All classes are held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Palo Alto High School, Room 103, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Each includes demonstration, participation and sampling. Fee is $50 per class, except $60 for Valentines Day. Information: 650-329-3752 or NO FOOD WASTE ... Laura Stec, a chef, educator and blogger for The Almanac, will teach a free workshop dealing with creating delicious meals while reducing waste, sponsored by City of Palo Alto’s ZeroWaste program. “Fabulous Dishes, No Shopping Required” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Focus of the workshop, which involves a cooking demo, food samples and a raffle, is reworking leftovers plus getting tips to prevent waste in the first place. Information: Pre-register at 650-496-5910 to find out location of workshop; or visit foodwaste or email zerowaste@ SAVE ENERGY ... The city of Palo Alto is offering tips to save energy during the holiday season, including when one is away from home. In its “Earth Matters” e-newsletter, they advise residents to lower their thermostats (recommended 60ºF), use timers on lights inside and outside the house and turn water heater to lowest possible setting. N

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n today’s digital world, Evites and email exchanges have taken over for paper cards and personalized stationery, making people miss out on something that’s “tactile,” according to Palo Alto resident Lisa Willis. “It’s so much more memorable to have something physical and hand-made,” she said. It was this fascination with the hand-made that inspired Willis — a former graphic de-

Among the personalized items available at Occasions, Etc., in Menlo Park are aprons, above; custom-embroidered holiday stockings, right; newborn baby T-shirts that spell out “iPoo’d” and “Change Me”; and ultrasoft angel dear lovies, on page 41.

Local stores help the keen shopper add a personal touch to holiday gifts by Ranjini Raghunath photos by Michelle Le signer — to start her own antique letterpress printing business, aptly titled “Missive,” in 2008. Using a trio of antique letterpress machines — including a 100-year old, 2,000-pound behemoth — she prints and sells personalized stationery, art prints and invitations. Her collection includes greeting cards for various occasions: from holiday cards with vintage fonts printed on 100 percent soft cotton paper to “just because” cards made of recycled kraft paper. “It’s completely custom-made, but there’s also a collection of items on our website that can be personalized with font, color, etc.,” Willis said. “In the past, for letterpress, everything had to be typeset,” Willis explained. “Nowadays, it is more flexible. Any design you draw up can be made into a printing plate.” What started as a creative outlet from her corporate job soon turned into a “family thing,” with her software-engineer husband pitching in to manage their Treasure Island studio, while she works on the designs at her Palo Alto home. Letterpress printing appealed to Willis because the products were “beautiful and handmade, as opposed to everything you see today that’s just digital, done really quickly and

missing that hand-made element,” she said. In the last few years, Willis has seen many such letterpress studios crop up across the country, reflecting a growing trend in holiday shopping towards hand-made and personalized rather than “mass-produced,” she said. “People are starting to look for something that is made with care.” With off-the-shelf gifts a dime a dozen at every store, simply adding a name, a date or a special message to a holiday gift will make it unique. “The fact that you took the time to personalize it makes it special,” Colin Jenkins, owner of gift store Occasions, Etc., said. “There’s an old saying in this business: ‘If you put somebody’s name on something, they’ll never throw it away.’” Jenkins’ Menlo Park store sells personalized gifts for all occasions — “from cradle to grave,” as he put it. His wife, Carrie, initially made and sold engraved sports trophies out of their home, 20 years ago. Although plaques and trophies still occupy a corner of the downtown store, holiday bestsellers fill the front: newborn baby T-shirts that spell out “iPoo’d” and “Googoo,” “First Christmas” photo frames for new parents, custom-embroidered holiday stockings and jewelry boxes engraved with memorable dates. “We even bronzed a bagel for someone once because it was a special thing between her and her brother,” Jenkins said. Most of the engraving, embroidery and printing is done at the store, and gifts are usually ready for pick-up in three to four days. “That time increases as we get closer to the holidays, of course,” he said. ­Vœ˜Ìˆ˜Õi`ʜ˜Ê«>}iÊ{£®

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Select items such as kitchen and glassware can also be found at stores such as Beaucoup Favors in Mountain View or Emily Joubert in Woodside, while Letter Perfect in Palo Alto and Paperwhirl in Los Altos offer custom printing options for holiday cards. For someone with a bigger holiday budget, getting customized jewelry is another option. Lockets, charm bracelets, pendants — most jewelry can be set to a specific design or color, or engraved with names and dates, according to Carol Young, jeweler at Darren McClung Jewelry on Welch Road, Stan-

ford. “We recently had someone get a custommade bypass ring set with his children’s birthstones for his wife,” she said. For smaller items — stationery, smartphone cases, bookmarks and such — Cranberry Scoop in Menlo Park has a few offerings. Planning and ordering ahead — months in advance, sometimes — are needed as personalizing gifts can take anywhere from three days for apparel to six weeks for custom jewelry, depending on the type and design. “We have clients who have already done their Christmas shopping by now, but we also have some come in on Dec. 19,” Molly Gibbons, co-owner of Palo Alto monogram

store Bespoke Home, said. “We try to accommodate everyone, but the earlier they come, the better.” Gibbons’ Town and Country Village store — co-owned by friend Abby Durban — stocks a wide range of home wares and gifts that can be monogrammed or customized: from $20 terry beach towels to $1,295 Italian briarwood poker sets. “We have everything from napkins, tote bags, towels, bath items and bedding to little baby accessories and silverware. Anything that’s in the store can be monogrammed,” Gibbons said. Gibbons and Durban opened Bespoke Home two years ago, after they moved to the Bay Area after living in London and New York and “didn’t find many places to buy fun and interesting gifts.” Bespoke Home’s customers want to give their loved ones gifts that are “special and memorable,” Gibbons said. “We have people walking in with Excel spreadsheets now, shopping for the holidays.” “Most people know what they are looking for,” Jenkins, of Occasions, Etc., said. He has, however, seen his share of customers from the other end of the spectrum, too. “A lot of the time, people just come in, pick something and go, ‘Hey, this will work.’ It’s kind of sad,” he said. “Anything personalized is special, and all it takes is two trips: You have to come in and order, and then come and get it.” N READ MORE ONLINE READ MORE ONLINE For more Home and Real Estate news, visit www.

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Time to ask some ‘stupid questions’ by Jack McKinnon


emember being told “there is no such thing as a stupid question”? I think that is a pretty stupid statement. Of course there are stupid questions and we need to be asking more of them. Think: If there were only intelligent questions asked and answered, and somebody like me comes along who takes twice as long as the average person to figure something out and I am too intimidated by all the know-it-alls out there to ask my stupid question. How stupid is that? And what if somebody comes along with the same problem as I have and sees that I am acting like everything is OK but it isn’t really, and he/she doesn’t ask either? You can see how all of this not asking stupid questions business gets out of hand. And what does all this have to do with gardening and improving the urban and suburban landscape for all to appreciate? Let’s ask some “Stupid Questions.” 1. Why are there not cut flowers on everyone’s dining-room table? We are in a cut-flower drought, I think caused by the California native-plant binge and boring design trends that have been going on for the last 30 years. Plant flowers, lots of flowers, all year round. Get in the habit of cutting fresh flowers every few days and putting them on the table. 2. What if I don’t have time to go to the nursery and buy plants? There is a plant service that will deliver plants on a regular schedule. Check out the website A longtime grower and supplier to nurseries, this company will deliver garden plants directly to your door on a regular schedule. 3. I have a black thumb and cannot seem to grow anything, how can I justify spending more money when my plants all die? Here I have to admit that I am really not very good with plumbing. It takes me twice as long as just about anybody else even with all the years of expe-

rience, college irrigation classes, workshops, seminars and plenty of practice. Anyway, I delegate plumbing to those who know how and can do it well. The same goes for growing a garden. If you really cannot grow plants, there are plenty of people who can. 4. Water is so expensive, how can I grow a lush garden and not go broke? There is plenty of water. There is not plenty of water to waste. If we are thinking in cups and gallons rather than hours on a timer we will use just what is needed and not more. Thousands of gallons are lost a year by not being conscious of how much is being wasted. Try hand watering once a month, digging down to see how deep the water went and noting how long it took to satisfy that need. Collect all the water from your roof. Learn about water reclamation by searching the web. 5. How much time does it take to garden? I don’t have much time. There is an old lesson about meditation. If you don’t have enough time to meditate for five minutes a day, then you need to meditate for 10 minutes a day. This is the same for gardening. You will find that gardening regularly, like meditation, exercise, reading and sleep will energize you and stimulate many unrelated areas of your life. 6. I don’t like gardens, so why would I want to grow one? This is quite reasonable and a very good stupid question. Many of the gardens most of us see are quite uninteresting. We have not really grown culturally enough yet to be really good garden designers and growers. I think we are getting closer to realizing the importance of our surroundings but we haven’t gotten there yet. Look at some of the classical gardens around like Filoli in Woodside, the San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park, Hakone Japanese Garden in Saratoga and you will see some of what we need to learn. There are hints all over that we are getting there. For example, visit some of the community gardens on the Peninsula and you will see a few plots that are well-thought-out and managed. The traffic divider down the middle of Guerrero Street south in San Francisco has been planted

intelligently with drought-tolerant succulents that look amazing. Few are California natives by the way. 7. Why is the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show emphasizing growing food rather than gardens lately? Granted there is a trend toward home-grown produce and Alice Waters made eating fresh and local famous. But there are great farmers markets all over now and the farmers are providing amazing variety, quality and prices that homeowners or home gardeners cannot reproduce. I think with the limited will for ornamental design in the private sector and the lack of inspiring designs we are all getting more interested in eating than growing. The passion is turning toward the kitchen rather than the garden. Again, growing flowers for the table will help this enormously. 8. Why don’t boys bring flowers anymore? I have to say, this isn’t really a stupid question. It is a tragic one. I don’t know except that it would not hurt guys to try it and see what happens. 9. I loved eating outdoors in France, why don’t we do this in California? Sunset Magazine and Books has been writing about outdoor living for more than a century. It has gone in and out of style and I would like to see it be more a custom here. One client of mine has made their back patio a real living space complete with electronics, phones, heat and dining area. I loved sitting out there with them talking about their fruit trees. The multimillion-dollar home seemed like a cave in comparison. 10. I don’t know how to start, isn’t it hard? Sometimes to start moving toward a goal is the hardest part of reaching it. The beginning of the momentum need not be great. A six pack of Johnny Jump Ups gave me the incentive to write this column. I hope this helps inspire new and colorful gardens. Good gardening. N Garden coach Jack McKinnon can be reached at 650-879-3261, by email at jack@jackthegardencoach. com. Visit his website at www.jackthegardencoach. com.

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Home & Real Estate SALES AT A GLANCE Atherton

Mountain View

Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $1,200,000 Highest sales price: $1,659,000

Total sales reported: 20 Lowest sales price: $320,000 Highest sales price: $1,875,000

East Palo Alto

Palo Alto

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $325,000 Highest sales price: $325,000

Total sales reported: 8 Lowest sales price: $1,206,000 Highest sales price: $1,900,000

Los Altos

Portola Valley

Total sales reported: 9 Lowest sales price: $680,000 Highest sales price: $2,355,000

Total sales reported: 1 Lowest sales price: $3,000,000 Highest sales price: $3,000,000

Los Altos Hills Total sales reported: 2 Lowest sales price: $3,050,000 Highest sales price: $3,499,000

Redwood City Total sales reported: 6 Lowest sales price: $482,500 Highest sales price: $1,502,000 -œÕÀVi\Ê >ˆvœÀ˜ˆ>Ê, ÜÕÀVi

HOME SALES Home sales are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. Information is recorded from deeds after the close of escrow and published within four to eight weeks.

Atherton 54 Maple Ave. Murphy Trust to Kumar Trust for $1,659,000 on 11/4/13; previous sale 7/05, $1,435,000 98 Maple Ave. J. & E. Balena to A. Driscoll for $1,200,000 on 11/5/13; previous sale 2/05, $880,000

East Palo Alto 453 E. O’keefe St. #208 E. Davies to S. & Y. Lee for

$325,000 on 11/4/13

Los Altos 396 1st St. #8 Lennar Homes to M. Claeys for $1,183,000 on 11/15/13 101 2nd St. #4 Brown Trust to Y. Chen for $810,000 on 11/21/13; previous sale 1/00, $398,000 57 Bay Tree Lane Miller Trust to L. Cassidy for $1,650,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 6/08, $1,595,000 226 W. Edith Ave. #34 Wolfe Trust to Yu Trust for $920,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 1/00, $200,000 1714 Fremont Ave. P. & K. Subrahmanyan to P. Portillo for $2,355,000 on 11/19/13; previous sale 6/07, $1,361,000 17 Los Altos Ave. Lee Trust to D. & M. Lee for $1,688,000 on

11/19/13 1070 Mercedes Ave. #27 T. West to L. Wang for $680,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 3/01, $480,000 308 Ramon Drive Ramon Properties to P. Wu for $1,962,000 on 11/15/13 437 Valley View Drive G. Hanisch to Kelly Gordon Development for $2,050,000 on 11/19/13

Los Altos Hills 26950 Orchard Hill Lane Corbin-Mcleod Trust to Lefteroff Trust for $3,499,000 on 11/15/13 26096 Todd Lane J. & D. Han to F. Wang for $3,050,000 on 11/21/13; previous sale 6/03, $1,725,000

Mountain View 1540 Bonita Ave. R. Yoon to

J. Solomon for $1,700,000 on 11/20/13; previous sale 3/10, $825,000 1950 Cambridge Drive R. & C. Alexander to C. Bunt for $975,000 on 11/20/13 120 College St. L. Lie to G. Liu for $765,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 12/07, $695,000 1266 Cuernavaca Circulo T. & H. Yoshida to Huang Trust for $1,200,000 on 11/19/13; previous sale 6/06, $979,000 231 Dali Ave. R. Knueppel to Y. Ouyang for $980,000 on 11/20/13; previous sale 8/11, $660,000 2761 Doverton Square Lai Trust to L. & C. Chen for $1,875,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 8/04, $1,268,000 175 Evandale Ave. #4 E. Hui to M. Boucher for $667,500 on 11/14/13; previous sale 12/08, $528,500 139 Frederick Court J. Chik to X. Yang for $782,000 on 11/20/13; previous sale 12/99, $385,500 509 Levin Ave. M. Qian to W. Gor for $1,690,000 on 11/7/13 500 W. Middlefield Road #125 L. Penning to Carico Trust for $320,000 on 11/15/13 272 Montebello Ave. FrankMorris Trust to H. Wilson for $785,000 on 11/19/13; previous sale 5/03, $485,000 154 Montelena Court Ng Trust to L. Yun-Nikolac for $1,100,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 4/04, $665,000 1051 Nilda Ave. Duggan Trust to A. Grosskurth for $1,155,000 on 11/21/13 128 Palmer Ave. T. True to N. & A. Manov for $1,305,000 on 11/20/13; previous sale 5/08, $1,028,000 255 S. Rengstorff Ave. #15 A. Alioto to P. & M. Sundareshan for $505,000 on 11/21/13; previ-

ous sale 2/07, $470,000 1921 Rock St. #17 Y. Wang to J. Wang for $575,000 on 11/21/13; previous sale 5/88, $120,000 421 Sierra Vista Ave. #5 U. Kirazci to A. & A. Vidergar for $819,000 on 11/20/13; previous sale 9/08, $718,000 534 Victory Ave. M. Sanders to R. Merom for $1,110,000 on 11/20/13; previous sale 4/87, $185,000 248 Walker Drive #21 Harvey Trust to H. Cittadino for $635,000 on 11/14/13 928 Wright Ave. #1006 K. Hunwick to E. Sleight for $788,000 on 11/19/13; previous sale 1/88, $157,500

Palo Alto 1032 Amarillo Ave. J. Chia to D. Yu for $1,546,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 10/00, $710,000 3224 Emerson St. SkargaMalolepszy Trust to J. Zheng for $1,628,000 on 11/21/13 315 Homer Ave. #104 S. & A. Lin to Compton Trust for $1,710,000 on 11/14/13 3475 Janice Way J. Hallendorf to B. Maor for $1,830,000 on 11/15/13 2593 Marshall Drive H. Chang to R. Guo for $1,900,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 9/09, $1,080,000 439 San Antonio Road Johnson Trust to A. Hariharan for $1,530,000 on 11/15/13 435 Sheridan Ave. #203 T. Wu to J. Kang for $1,206,000 on 11/15/13; previous sale 8/07, $1,038,000 3176 South Court Dixon Trust to J. Chu for $1,580,000 on 11/15/13

Portola Valley 7 Coal Mine View D. Douglass to J. Shelton for $3,000,000 on 11/1/13; previous sale 12/05,


Redwood City 4000 Farm Hill Blvd. #309 J. & M. Sanders to L. Sonico for $482,500 on 11/1/13; previous sale 2/08, $528,000 239 Lincoln Ave. K. Batres to D. Lehrberg for $595,000 on 11/1/13; previous sale 10/88, $225,000 242 Nice Court G. & K. Linale to C. Fu for $1,502,000 on 11/4/13; previous sale 5/03, $890,000 2464 Ohio Ave. FRE 545 Limited to Clover Road Limited for $745,000 on 11/4/13 201 Redwood Ave. K. Lynch to Redwood Avenue Limited for $788,000 on 11/4/13; previous sale 6/10, $596,000 6 Riviera Circle Byrd Trust to S. Sun for $1,038,000 on 11/5/13; previous sale 8/78, $110,500

FORECLOSURES Foreclosures are provided by California REsource, a real estate information company that obtains the information from the County Recorder’s Office. The date is the recorded date of the deed when the lender took title to the property. The price is what the lender paid for it (usually the mortgage balance plus foreclosure fees). Each property is now owned by the lender and is for sale, or will be for sale soon, individually or through public auction. Individuals should contact a Realtor for further information.

Mountain View 1108 Blue Lake Square MSB Homes, 11/14/13, $980,200, 1,782 sf, 3 bd

Redwood City 742 Loma Court Tseng Investment, 10/22/13, $527,000, 1,440

Contributing to Neighbors Helping Neighbors for local food drive. Midtown Realty has partnered with Neighbors Helping Neighbors Palo Alto in helping the season shine a little brighter for our neighbors in need. Beginning December 6th and concluding on Christmas Eve, Midtown Realty, located at 2775 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto, has large barrels in their lobby waiting to be filled with your donations. Types of donations: Canned foods Packaged foods Store gift cards For further inforamtion: Email Office: (650) 321-1596 Email NHN at :

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Home & Real Estate sf, 2 bd 823 Shepard Way Wells Fargo Bank, 10/24/13, $1,532,004, 2,300 sf, 3 b

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room, add door at family room, other interior revisions, $n/a 4180 Park Blvd. add two GFI receptacles in garage, $n/a 750 Arastradero Road, Bldg. 2 revise interiors, add interior opening between two garage, move AC units, relocate master bedroom entrance, $n/a 945 Colorado Ave. replace window and patio door, $19,000 382 Curtner Ave. reduce size of roof overhang to 2.5 feet for both buildings, $n/a 435 Hamilton Ave. change out HVAC unit on roof, $n/a 668 Ramona St. replace hot water with gas at restrooms and breakroom, revise some light fixtures, $n/a 2180 W. Bayshore Road, Suite 100 revise HVAC ductwork and interior lighting, $n/a 4013 Amaranta Ave. demo swimming pool, $n/a 838 Loma Verde Ave. extend living room by 18 inches towards front property line, $n/a 245 Ramona St. remodel kitchen and dining area, $73,803 855 El Camino Real, Suite 10 Maila Mills: tenant improvement for Suite 10B, $9,820 754 Torreya Court re-roof, $11,250 940 Elsinore Drive re-roof over addition, install dens deck, $15,000 118 Kellogg Ave. install 12 rooftop, flush-mounted solar PV panels, $n/a

Dream Vacation Home at an Affordable Price 941 Webster St. Bldg #7 reroof, $4,796 842 Seale Ave. install photovoltaic system, $n/a 894 San Jude Ave. new covered patio at rear yard, $10,000 705 Forest Ave. remove nonbearing partition wall and cap two outlets, $n/a 745 Cowper St., Apt. 4 repair gas leak, $n/a 300 Loma Verde Ave. install trenchless sewer from house to city clean out, $n/a 445 Lowell Ave. new entry pergola, $7,500 816 Sutter Ave. relocate shear wall from master bath to master bedroom, change roof detail, $n/a 180 El Camino Real, Suite 192 relocate fixtures, $n/a 911 Hansen Way revise which bathroom is brought up to accessibility requirements, $n/a 1241 Dana Ave. replace damaged gas line from meter to house, $n/a 686 Matadero Ave. raise interior level of floor in family room by 6 inches to be flush with rest of house, replace exterior doors, add new stairs, $20,000

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779 Organizing Services End the Clutter & Get Organized Residential Organizing by Debra Robinson (650)941-5073

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805 Homes for Rent Atherton - $3390/mont Palo Alto, 3 BR/2.5 BA - $4350 Palo Alto, 4 BR/2 BA - $4900month Sunnyvale - $3750

809 Shared Housing/ Rooms Los Altos Hills, 1 BR/1 BA - $925/ month

825 Homes/Condos for Sale Central Woodside: 4BR/4BA 2 car. Updated 6 Stall Barn. Offered at $4,950,000. Email Phone: 650-208-0664 Menlo Park, 3 BR/2 BA - $1099000 Mountain View, 3 BR/2 BA - $169000

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BAY AREA RELOCATION SERVICES Homes, Apartments, Storage. Full Service moves. Serving the Bay Area for 20 yrs. Licensed and Insured. Armando, 650-630-0424. CAL-T190632

771 Painting/ Wallpaper Glen Hodges Painting Call me first! Senior discount. 45 yrs. #351738. 650/322-8325

801 Apartments/ Condos/Studios Mountain View, 1 BR/1 BA - $1565

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OF LOCAL NOTE . . . Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver from Palo Alto High, has been named the winner of the 2013 Paul Warfield Award, the Touchdown Club of Columbus announced. The Paul Warfield Award is presented to the nation’s best receiver. Adams joins an elite field of past winners that includes Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss. The 59th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards banquet is slated for Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Adams is the national leader in receptions (122) and touchdown catches with 23, which is eight more than any other FBS receiver. He ranks No. 2 nationally in receiving yards (1,645). Adams is one of only two players this century to have two games in the same season with over 200 yards receiving and four touchdown catches. He has caught a nation’s-best 10 or more passes in six games this year and also has seven 100-yard receiving games. With one game remaining, Adams is four touchdowns shy of tying the FBS record for TD receptions in a season of 27, held by Louisiana Tech’s Troy Edwards. In just two seasons, Adams has amassed 224 receptions for 2,957 yards and 37 touchdowns. Adams was named to the first team on the All-Mountain West honor squad. Adams and the Bulldogs (11-1) will face USC in the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 21 . . . The USA Women’s Senior National Team got off to a good start at the 2013 Holiday Cup water polo tournament, topping the Netherlands, 12-9, at Foothill High in Orange County on Wednesday night. Behind four goals from former Stanford standout Melissa Seidemann, Team USA never trailed en route to the victory. Also scoring for the U.S. was Menlo Park’s KK Clark, the former Sacred Heart Prep and UCLA standout. Also playing for the USA are Stanford’s Annika Dries, Maggie Steffens, Kiley Neushul and Cardinal graduate Lolo Silver. Team USA just returned home from Canada where they took first place at the Canada Cup, defeating Australia 12-10 in a shootout victory on Sunday. Clark scored five goals in the victory, including three in the final period.

With his father, Willie, a former Stanford assistant standing at his side, Cardinal head coach David Shaw celebrated a 38-14 victory over host Arizona State last Saturday that gave Stanford its second straight trip to the Rose Bowl.

Stanford senior class bows out as best ever Four straight BCS bowl games and a 46-7 mark heading into Rose Bowl sets the bar for future Cardinal classes by Rick Eymer inebacker Shayne Skov and his fellow seniors were recruited on the heels of Stanford’s worst football season ever. It took a leap of faith to commit to a program that had recorded seven consecutive losing seasons. On the eve of his final college


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the ball rolling.” Over the past four years, Stanford has played in the Sun Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl. That’s a pretty nice collection of bowl games, something that seemed so foreign before Jim Harbaugh took over in 2007 and what David Shaw has continued.



game, Skov reflected on the 1 1/2-year recruiting process that allowed them to get to know each other well. “As the recruiting process went on we became a close-knit group,” Slov said. “We gained confidence within the group of us that we were going to play in a BCS bowl game. It was a matter of getting

Stanford’s Madi Bugg (22) is all set for the NCAA Sweet 16 on Friday along with teammate Rachel Williams.

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with portraits of the school’s former All-Americans. Eight years later, Bugg finally met her icon. Alabama was assigned to the Stanford regional, which was just as big for Kehoe as it was for Bugg, though for different reasons. “She came in and showed us her national championship ring, which was really cool,” Bugg said. “I made sure I was at the front of the line. Then I talked to her afterward.” The championship ring is something Bugg would love to share in common with Kehoe, who won hers as a freshman in 2004. Bugg, the Pac-12’s Setter of the Year, has her chance this year as third-ranked Stanford (26-5) meets No. 10 Minnesota (29-6) in an NCAA regional semifinal Friday at 4 p.m. (PT) in Lexington, Ky. Nationally No. 2 Penn State



Bowl Game, honoring great players and coaches throughout the history of The Granddaddy of Them All. Stanford is represented by Ernie Nevers. Lloyd H. Carr, Orlando Pace and Lynn Swann headline the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2013 to be installed at the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at noon on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2013, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Other events in the days leading up to the game include float decorating and viewing on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 9 a.m., Equestfest on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 10:30 a.m. and Bandfest on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 2 p.m. “I remember going to a bowl game my first year and how all the guys who came before us were so ecstatic being bowl eligible for the first time,” Skov said. “We’ve held on to that same desire. No one takes anything for granted. We’ve set standards for ourselves that have become such that there’s a genuine sense of being upset for not winning a title.” Shaw said the senior class can stake its claim as the best ever at Stanford. With a record of 46-7 and appearances in four BCS bowl games, it’s a legitimate claim. The previous four-year best was a combined 37-4-1 mark between 1913-16. “We’re talking about unprecedented things,” Shaw said. “They lost one game at home. It’s a phenomenal group, a bit legendary. They don’t have a nickname yet but I’m sure the will. There has not been a class like this ever at this school.” Michigan State and Stanford last met in the 1996 Sun Bowl under Tyrone Willingham, a game the Cardinal won, 38-0, featuring quarterback Chad Hutchinson and fullback Jon Ritchie. Hutchinson, who also played baseball for Stanford, played briefly in the major leagues (St.

Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney (25) was named MVP of the Pac-12 Championship Game after rushing for 133 yards and three TDs. Louis Cardinals) and then came back to play briefly in the NFL (Dallas Cowboys). Ritchie played with the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles. The Cardinal owns a twogame winning streak against the Spartans, also winning in 1962. Michigan State won the first three meetings between the schools in a series that began in 1955. “It’s going to be my last game, the 100th Rose Bowl,” Skov said. “It’s incredible. Three weeks ago we didn’t know where we were headed. To be here now, I’m feeling incredibly fortunate.” The Cardinal beat Oregon on Nov. 7 to gain the inside track into the Pac-12 title game, but a loss at USC the following week knocked Stanford out of the championship race. While Stanford was beating California in the Big Game, Arizona was busy beating Oregon, putting the Cardinal back in the conference title game.

Stanford took advantage of its second chance, beating Arizona State, 38-14 last Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. “We always talk about winning championships,” Stanford offensive lineman David Yankey. “Doing it again is even harder. We got to the Pac-12 title game like we wanted.” The Cardinal took most of this week off to concentrate on resting bodies and taking finals. Linebacker A.J. Tarpley, who knocked heads with safety Ed Reynolds, failed to pass a concussion test and missed the end of the ASU game. Shaw said Tarpley should be fine by the time the team leaves for Pasadena on Dec. 26. Reynolds was determined to be OK and finished the game. For more information on the Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses, visit http://www. AllEvents.aspx. N

(30-2) and No. 20 Michigan State (23-11) meet in the other semifinal, with the winners going at it on Saturday at 1 p.m. for the right to advance to the Final Four. Stanford beat the Golden Gophers for the national title in 2004, something that had to grab Bugg’s attention. Minnesota, winner of six straight matches, advanced with a five-set victory over Colorado last weekend and is led by a trio of seniors. The Cardinal has won all four of its previous matches with the Golden Gophers and is 2-0 against the Spartans. The Nittany Lions, with five, and Stanford, with six, own a combined 11 NCAA titles. Penn State won four straight titles between 2007-10, beating Stanford in five sets in 2007, Kehoe’s final game at Stanford. The Cardinal brings a seasonbest 11-match winning streak into regional play after pounding through a rough conference schedule.

“The Pac-12 is an awesome conference,” Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku said. “We’re happy to have been tested like that, having to push through mentally and physically. It gives us confidence going forward.” Stanford’s team blocks per set mark of 3.02 leads the Pac-12 and ranks third in the nation. Senior Carly Wopat leads the conference and ranks 13th nationally with 1.44 blocks per set, while Ajanaku is averaging 1.38 blocks per set. Bugg this week was joined by Wopat, Ajanaku and Kyle Gilbert on the 14-player All-Pacific North Region team by the AVCA, while sophomore Jordan Burgess received honorable-mention accolades. Bugg, meanwhile, would like nothing better than to be able to call Kehoe (“Oh My God! I was so excited! She gave me her cell phone number!”) with good news about a championship. Women’s basketball Nationally No. 6 Stanford (7-1)

our Stanford student-athletes were named to the USA Today Sports’ AllAmerica college football team on Wednesday. Senior offensive guard David Yankey and junior kick returner Ty Montgomery were selected to the first team while senior running back Tyler Gaffney and fifth-year outside linebacker Trent Murphy were chosen to the second team. This marks the second straight year that Yankey has been named to an All-America team. He was a consensus AllAmerican in 2012 and becomes the 10th Stanford player to be named a first team All-American in two seasons. In 2013, Yankey has led one of the best position groups in the country as the Stanford offensive line ranked fourth nationally for fewest tackles for loss allowed/game (3.69)and 16th nationally for fewest sacks allowed/game (1.15). Yankey also helped pave the way for Gaffney to rush for over 100 yards in nine games this season. Montgomery led the nation in kickoff return average, recording a 31.2 average through 13 games. He returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, including a 99-yard return on the opening kickoff against Washington and a 100-yard return at Utah. He also had a breakout season as a receiver with 937 yards and 10 touchdowns. He currently ranks ninth nationally in all-purpose yards/game (161.0). Gaffney has rushed 306 times for 1,618 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. He is

averaging 124.5 yards/game and only has 26 yards lost on his 306 attempts. His 20 rushing touchdowns are the fifth most in the FBS. Gaffney was named the Pac-12 Championship game MVP after rushing for 133 yards and three touchdowns on 22 attempts. He rushed for over 100 yards in nine of 13 games on the season and had two or more touchdowns in six games. Murphy leads the nation in sacks with 14.0, 1.5 more than any other player. He also ranks sixth nationally with 1.7 tackles for loss/game while his 21.5 tackles for loss are third most. Murphy’s 14.0 sacks currently rank tied for fourth on Stanford’s single-season list with Kailee Wong (1996) and Riall Johnson (1999). Murphy’s total is the most by a Stanford player since 2000 when Johnson tallied 15 sacks. Murphy had two or more sacks in five different games this season and recorded at least one sack in nine of 13 contests. All said and done, the team co-captain has totaled 58 tackles, 21.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, one interception returned 30 yards for a touchdown, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick. * * * Stanford head coach David Shaw is one of five American Football Coaches Association’s 2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners. On Monday, Shaw was named among the finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.N – Stanford Athletics

returns to the court Saturday for its first game in 16 days. The Cardinal won three games in Mexico over the Thanksgiving weekend; including coach Tara VanDerveer’s 900th career contest. Stanford will host No. 23 Gonzaga (8-1) in Maples Pavilion at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs upped their winning streak to six games after beating Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

niors invited to the 2014 adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine, MLS announced Wednesday. The combine is set for Jan. 10-14 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Earlier in the week, Stanford had three players named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region Teams as Zach Batteer and Koval earned spots on the second team and Jordan Morris landed on the third team.

Men’s basketball Stanford hosts UC Davis in a nonconference game on Saturday at 5 p.m., ending a 13-day hiatus. The Cardinal (6-2) has won five of its past six games, including a 92-60 win over South Dakota State in its latest appearance. Senior Aaron Bright missed that game, and will miss the remainder of the season, with a shoulder injury.

Women’s soccer Stanford’s Chioma Ubogagu and Courtney Verloo were named to the 24-player U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team for a training camp Dec. 14-21 in Sunrise, Fla. The U-23 event will run concurrently with a U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team camp and the teams will scrimmage against each other during the week. U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team’s 24-player roster will include Stanford’s Stephanie Amack, Jane Campbell, Maddie Bauer, and Laura Liedle. N

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Loss in state volleyball ends Menlo’s winning season by Keith Peters season that started back on Sept. 5 with a victory over rival Menlo-Atherton and lasted more than three months, finally came to an end for the Menlo School girls volleyball team last weekend at the CIF Division IV state championship match at Santiago Canyon College in Orange County. And while the outcome wasn’t what the Knights wanted — a 2125, 30-28, 25-15, 25-16 loss to defending champion Francis Parker — it nonetheless did not ruin a remarkable achievement this season by Menlo. “I think everybody was a little disappointed about not winning,” said Menlo first-year coach Steve Cavella. “At the same time, I think


everybody was proud about what we accomplished this season.” The NorCal champion Knights (32-6) finished the season with the most single-season wins in school history while reaching the state finals for a fifth time — dropping to 0-5 in those title matches — while finishing the season on a 26-2 run. Francis Parker (29-5) finished with its second straight Division IV state title — the Lancers beat Sacred Heart Prep last year — and the eighth overall in school history. Menlo looked in good shape early on as it used a 7-2 run to take a 16-12 lead in the first set. The Lancers got to within 23-21 before kills by seniors Maddy Frappier and Maddie Huber put

Menlo into the lead. The Knights took a 5-1 lead in the second set behind three kills by senior Morgan Dressel and eventually held a 24-18 lead on an ace by Huber. Menlo, however, could not close out the match as Francis Parker went on a 6-0 run to tie the match at 24. After five more ties, the Lancers pulled out a 30-28 win and grabbed momentum for the remainder of the match. “We were up 24-18 in Game 2,” acknowledged Cavella, “and then things just fell apart . . . We faced a really talented team in the state finals. You have to give Francis Parker a lot of credit for not giving up.” Menlo was never the same after the second set, falling behind by

20-7 in the third set and 10-1 in the fourth before rallying in both to avoid a rout. Menlo was led by junior Lida Vandermeer’s 15 kills, 11 from Dressel and 10 by sophomore Maddie Stewart. Junior Elisa Merten finished with 37 assists, Frappier had 19 digs and senior Melissa Cairo was Menlo’s recipient of the Sportsmanship Award. “Morgan and Maddie did a great job in the middle and Cairo played great defense,” Cavella said. Despite several injuries to players who missed significant time during the season, the Knights demonstrated resolve from its senior captains Cairo, Dressel and Huber and heightened play from the younger players. “The best surprise was the play of our underclassmen,” Cavella

said. “I thought Maddie Stewart, Jessica Houghton, Olivia Pellarin and others really did a great job this year.” Vandermeer and Merten were starters at the beginning of the season and played well the whole year. Seven seniors — Cairo, Dressel, Huber, Sarah Bruml, Sloan Cinelli, Frappier and Kate Gilhuly — boosted the Knights to their historic run. Huber, bound for Princeton, finished the year with more than 300 kills. Cairo had 523 digs on the year and Merten finished with 1,087 assists. Among the many standouts for Francis Parker was senior libero Sarah Benjamin, who is headed for Stanford next fall. N

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De Anza High in Richmond at 7:30 p.m. The winner will face the winner of Nordhoff (13-1) vs. Corona del Mar (14-0) in the state finals on Saturday, Dec. 21 at the StubHub Center on the campus of Cal State University, Dominguez Hills at noon. “It’s awesome,” said Segre, after learning of his team’s first-ever post-Central Coast Section game. “We get one more week together as a team. It’s amazing.” Sacred Heart Prep coach Pete Lavorato was pretty excited, as well. “Just think about where we were 6-7 years ago,” he said. “It’s like that Virginia Slims commercial; you’ve come a long way, baby.” Despite going 12-1 last year, the Gators were passed over for a regional bowl berth when Sutter received the NorCal Division III berth. This time, SHP finished with the same record and won out over West Valley (12-1) of Cottonwood, the Northern Section champ. The Gators, who have been playing football for only 15 years (Palo Alto by comparison just finished its 104th year), have only been in the CCS since 2008. During that time, the Gators have compiled a standout 62-13-1 record with three section titles and four appearances in the finals. During that same period, perennial CCS power Bellarmine is 63-12-1 with three titles and four appearances in the finals. Thus, the Gators have come a long way in a hurry. “We thought we had a pretty good team this year,” said Lavorato. “I thought our body of work was pretty good. Our league is really tough and we did well in the playoffs.” But, Lavorato acknowledged: “We’re in uncharted waters (this weekend). We should be OK. It’s just great for the school and great for the kids; they’ve worked hard for this.” SHP will face an El Cerrito

With senior Andrew Segre (holding trophy) rushing for a school-record 351 yards and scoring six touchdowns, Sacred Heart Prep captured its second straight Central Coast Section Division IV title with a 56-21 win over Pacific Grove last Saturday night. team that has won 10 straight. One of the Gauchos’ losses came against Bellarmine, 28-25, at De Anza High in September. El Cerrito won its first-ever North Coast Section title last weekend with a 54-38 romp over Main Catholic in San Leandro. UCLA-bound Adarius Pickett rushed for 255 yards and four touchdowns for the Gauchos. “They’ve very talented,” Lavorato said of Saturday’s foe. “They have a number of Division I players. They’re very athletic and big. All the things that are kind of scary. We have to play really well to have a shot.” While Sacred Heart Prep isn’t stocked with the kind of Division I talent that El Cerrito has, the Gators do have senior running back Andrew Segre, a talented offensive line and a defense that statistically ranks at the finest in school history. All were on display last Saturday night at Independence High as top-seeded SHP demolished

iNo. 7 Pacific Grove, 56-21, in the CCS Division IV title game. Segre rushed for a school-record 351 yards on 28 carries and scored six touchdowns as the Gators successfully defended their section title. “Andrew’s just an exceptional runner,” said Lavorato. “He was running so well, we just kept giving him the ball.” Sacred Heart Prep’s 56 points on Saturday night were the secondmost ever scored in a CCS title game, tying Carmel’s total from its 56-35 win over Menlo in 2009. The section record is 69 points by Valley Christian in a blanking of Pacific Grove in 2003. All the high-scoring games have come in Division IV finals. The Gators, meanwhile, equaled the school record for most singleseason victories, established last season, while winning their third section crown in the past four years and improving their postseason win streak to six. Segre made it all happen with

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his career-best game. He had 268 rushing yards on 18 carries and four touchdowns in the first half alone as the Gators rolled to a 2814 lead. Segre was needed as the primary ballcarrier after senior Ricky Grau broke his hand during a CCS semifinal win over Monterey the previous weekend. Segre first scored on a 57-yard run, followed that with a 49-yard TD jaunt, made it a 21-0 game with a 15-yard scoring run and put SHP on top by 28-7 with a 17yard TD. Junior linebacker/running back Ben Burr-Kirven made it 35-14 in the second half with a 24-yard scoring run. At that point, the Gators had rushed for 337 yards and not attempted a single pass. After Pacific Grove (11-2) got on the board, Segre tallied his fifth TD on a 10-yard run for a 49-21 lead. Teammate Anthony Robinson later picked off Pacific Grove’s Luke Lowell and returned it 57 yards for another score and

a 49-21 lead. Appropriately enough, Segre wrapped things up with a 32-yard scoring run in the final minutes. He credited the blocking of Andrew Daschbach, Justin Harmon, Wyatt Wells, Patrick Finnigan, Alex Castro and Thomas Rogers for his career game. Sacred Heart Prep’s vaunted defense, which allowed just 40 points in three CCS playoff games, finished the season allowing an average of just 8.9 points a game. “We really played SHP football,” Lavorato said. “Our defense was absolutely wonderful.” Burr-Kirven, the co-Defensive Player of the Year in the PAL Bay Division, led the way with nine tackles, a sack and an interception. He leads the team with a 164 total tackles this season. Nic Collazo had three sacks, Paul Westcott finished with five tackles and a sack while Robinson added six tackles to his interception return for a TD. N


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Double honor for Robinson Gunn senior earns All-American recognition in cross country, soccer by Keith Peters


Elisa Merten

Andrew Segre



The junior setter produced 70 assists in a five-set win over Sonora in the NorCal Division IV volleyball finals, putting the Knights in the state finals where she had 37 assists in a 3-1 loss to Francis Parker.

The senior running back carried 28 times for a schoolrecord 351 yards and record-tying six touchdowns to spark the Gators to a 5621 win over Pacific Grove and a second straight CCS Division IV football title.

Ben Burr-Kirven*

Sacred Heart Prep soccer

Leeana Bade

Sacred Heart Prep football

Alex Castro

Pinewood basketball

Marissa Hing

Sacred Heart Prep football

Nic Collazo

Pinewood basketball

Meghan Holland Sacred Heart Prep basketball

Maddie Huber

Sacred Heart Prep football

Patrick Finnigan Sacred Heart Prep football

Andy Isokpehi

Menlo volleyball

Priory basketball

Lida Vandermeer* Gunn cross country

Andrew Robinson Sacred Heart Prep football * previous winner

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Dahlkemper a finalist for Hermann Trophy


t has been quite a week for Brian and 2012 MAC Hermann Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby winner Crystal Dunn, a North Dahlkemper, a junior defend- Carolina senior midfielder. er on the UCLA women’s soccer The MAC Hermann Trophy team. is the highest individual interDahlkemper, a nacollegiate award pretive of Menlo Park, first sented annually during helped the Bruins win a banquet at the Misthe national championsouri Athletic Club in ship with a 1-0 victory St. Louis. This year the over Florida State last banquet will take place weekend. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. Earlier this week, Dahlkemper was a Dahlkemper was seFirst-team All-Pac-12 lected among 24 playhonoree for the third ers for the U.S. Under- Abby Dahlkemper consecutive season in 23 Women’s National addition to being named Team, which will take part in a to the Capital One Academic Alltraining camp from Dec. 14-21 in District second team. She earned Sunrise, Fla. Pac-12 All-Academic honors for On Thursday, Dahlkemper was the second-straight year. among the three finalists selected On the field, Dahlkemper was for the Missouri Athletic Clubís the leader of a UCLA defense that (MAC) Hermann Trophy. The led the nation in goals against avother women’s finalists are Vir- erage (0.26) and that posted 17 ginia junior midfielder Morgan shutouts. N

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Honorable mention Olivia Athens

t was quite an end to the crosscountry season for Gunn senior Sarah Robinson, who earned All-American status after finishing 11th in the girls’ race at the Nike Cross Nationals last weekend at the Portland Meadows Race Track in Oregon. Robinson clocked 17:51.8 over the loop course that featured a number of obstacles in addition to freezing weather. She wound up as the No. 3 runner from California, trailing third-place Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley (16:57.8) and fourth-place Fiona O’Keefe of Davis (17:31.1). On Monday, Robinson was named to a second All-American team — in soccer. She was one of 38 girls (and one of three repeaters) on the 2013 Youth AllAmerica Team selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Robinson plays for the Mountain View/Los Altos (MVLA) Lightning soccer club. “I will wager that there is no one else in the country who was named both All-American in soccer and cross country in the same week,” said Gunn cross-country coach PattiSue Plumer. “I imagine that there are other two-and three-sport athletes out there, but to earn those distinctions at the same time is truly remarkable.” Robinson is taking a break from the high school soccer season, but will train and play for her club team. Also sitting out her senior year is Menlo School’s Jaye Boissierre. She’s a club teammate of Robinson, with the two headed for Stanford next fall to play soccer. Menlo could have used Boissierre this week as the Knights dropped a 2-0 nonleague decision to visiting Palo Alto on Tuesday. Palo Alto’s first goal was scored by Aoi Sugihara on an assist from Sunny Lyu from 25 yards out in the 25th minute. Menlo nearly equalized minutes later when senior Amanda McFarland’s 20yard shot hit the crossbar and Menlo was unable to convert the rebound. Palo Alto pushed its lead to 2-0 in the second half on a breakaway goal from Katie Foug off an assist from Megan Tall, who shielded a defender with her back before slipping a pass to Foug. Elsewhere in nonleague action, host Menlo-Atherton posted an impressive 2-1 victory over St. Ignatius on a frigid Tuesday. The Bears (2-0-2) got on the board first when junior Amanda Wise-

Palo Alto junior Aoi Sugihara (6) scored a goal in a 2-0 win over host Menlo on Tuesday, despite the presence of Leah Swig. man found sophomore Miranda Simes on the left flank. Simes fed the ball to freshman Katie Guenin, whose initial shot deflected off the keeper, but she was able to finish her own shot in the 20th minute of the first half. St. Ignatius struck right back when sophomore Veronica Alberts crossed the ball into senior Lindsay Bettinger, who finished with a one-touch shot in the net less than a minute after M-A had scored. In the second half, M-A senior Cayla Stillman scored the winning goal when she scored off a beautiful cross from junior Carolyn Hunt-Gonzales. Junior goalkeeper Jacqueline Foody had a number of saves, including an impressive save. At Los Altos Hills, host Pinewood (1-2) got one goal and three assists from Nicole Colonna in a 4-1 nonleague victory over Crystal Springs. In Atherton, Sacred Heart Prep remained unbeaten with a 6-0 romp over visiting South San Francisco in nonleague action Tuesday. The Gators (3-0) got the winning goal in the second minute from senior Alex Bourdillion on the first of three straight assists by freshman Olivia Athens. Tierna Davidson and Carey Bradley added goals as SHP grabbed a 3-0 lead in the opening 14 minutes. Kate Bechtel, Athens and Blair Hamilton finished off the scoring. Girls basketball Pinewood (4-0) and Palo Alto (4-0) will match unbeaten records

on Friday when the teams meet in the semifinals of the Pinewood Classic at 3 p.m. The game originally would have been played at 6 p.m., but Pinewood coach Doc Scheppler has tickets to watch Palo Alto grad Jeremy Lin and his Houston Rockets play an NBA game in Oakland against the Warriors that night. The Panthers opened their title defense as four players scored in double figures during a solid 7259 victory over Scotts Valley on Wednesday in Los Altos Hills. Monique McDevitt and Marissa Hing each had 17 points while sisters Leanna and Gabi Bade contributed 13 and 12, respectively. Leeana Bade pulled down 13 rebounds and Chloe Eackles had 11 while Gabi Bade dished out six assists. Palo Alto, meanwhile, advanced as it made a season-high 16 three-pointers while shooting down Mills, 66-21, in the opening round. The Vikings got four treys each from freshman Lauren Koyama and sophomore Siggi Bengston while freshman Amelia Schmarzo added three. Paly made 12 treys in the first half while building a 45-12 lead. Bengston led all scorers with 17 points with Koyama adding 14 and Schmarzo 13. Boys soccer Palo Alto opened play in the Oak Grove Gold Cup with a 1-1 deadlock with visiting Milpitas on Tuesday. Paly played in the Winter Soccer Classic in Pleasanton last week finishing fifth out of 10 teams. N

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